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Research interests

Our research ranges from the fundamentals of quantum physics to novel imaging techniques.

We are interested in understanding how quantum states of light interact with space curvature. Examples are the study of entanglement and photon pair generation in curved spacetimes generated either by a real gravitational field or by an analogue curvature obtained using light-matter interaction schemes. We are developing enhanced interferometers and quantum state measurement techniques. We are also employing a new range of single photon sensitive cameras that can be used to measure quantum states of light but also for other applications. We are currently investigating the use of these cameras, in combination with computational techniques, to image behind walls and inside the human body.


Daniele Faccio was born in London, 1973. Ho obtained a Degree in Physics from the University of Milano, Italy in 1998, an MPhil from the Optolectronics Research Centre (ORC), Southampton in 2001 and a PhD in Physics from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France in 2007. He has worked for a number of years in the optical telecommunications industry (Pirelli Labs and Corning 2001-2004) and has worked as a visiting scientist/professor at a number of Universities over the past years (MIT, Boston – 2003, FORTH Laser Institute, Crete -2008, 2010) and was Adjunct  Professor at the University of Insubria, Como, Italy from 2004 to 2010. He joined Heriot-Watt University in November 2010 and is currently leading  the Extreme Light group.

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Research Output 2008 2018

Attosecond-Resolution Hong-Ou-Mandel Interferometry

Lyons, A., Knee, G. C., Bolduc, E., Roger, T., Leach, J., Gauger, E. & Faccio, D. F. A., 4 May 2018, In : Science Advances. 4, 5, 8 p., eaap9416

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
time lag

Degenerate optical nonlinear enhancement in epsilon-near-zero transparent conducting oxides

Carnemolla, E. G., Caspani, L., DeVault, C., Clerici, M., Vezzoli, S., Bruno, V., Shalaev, V. M., Faccio, D. F. A., Boltasseva, A. & Ferrera, M., 5 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Optical Materials Express.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

zinc oxides
aluminum oxides
magnetic permeability

Diffuse time-of-flight imaging with a single-photon camera

Lyons, A., Boccolini, A., Tonolini, F., Repetti, A., Chen, Z., Leach, J., Henderson, R., Wiaux, Y. & Faccio, D., 2018, Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging 2018. Optical Society of America, CM2E.6

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Optical resolving power
Image resolution
Imaging techniques

Dynamic Control of Nanocavities with Tunable Metal Oxides

Kim, J., Carnemolla, E. G., DeVault, C., Shaltout, A. M., Faccio, D., Shalaev, V. M., Kildishev, A. V., Ferrera, M. & Boltasseva, A., 14 Feb 2018, In : Nano Letters. 18, 2, p. 740-746 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dynamic control
Zinc Oxide
zinc oxides

Enhancing the recovery of a temporal sequence of images using joint deconvolution

Caramazza, P., Wilson, K., Gariépy, G., Leach, J., McLaughlin, S., Faccio, D. & Altmann, Y., 27 Mar 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 5257

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
CCD cameras


Towards spontaneous parametric down conversion from monolayer MoS2

Faccio, D. F. A. (Creator), Dinparasti Saleh, H. (Creator), Vezzoli, S. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 2017


How fast is a twisted photon

Faccio, D. F. A. (Creator), Lyons, A. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, Jan 2018



Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

Daniele Franco Angelo Faccio (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Election to learned society

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2015

Daniele Franco Angelo Faccio (Recipient), Oct 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

international recognition

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Public lecture
  • 1 Participation in Festival or Exhibition

Under a different light

Faccio, D. F. A. (Speaker)
27 Apr 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture

"Can we 'freeze' light?" TEDxHWU Talk

Faccio, D. F. A. (Speaker)
30 Sep 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Faccio, D. F. A. (Participant)
1 Jul 20146 Jul 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition

Press / Media

Scientists slow the speed of light

Daniele Franco Angelo Faccio


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research