I am currently studying The Art of Electronics, third edition, by Horowitz and Hill. Appendix C.4 Resistor types says the following:
The usual choices for general-purpose use are metal-film (axial-lead) or thick-film (surface-mount) parts. Thin-film surface-mount resistors offer improved characteristics (accuracy, stability, and ability to operate in cryogenic environments).
Why are thin-film surface-mount resistors particularly suitable for use in cryogenic environments/conditions? I know that there are some optoelectronic devices that require cryogenic conditions to operate, so I'm curious about this.