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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 2017

Acquisition of multiple photon pairs with an EMCCD camera

Bolduc, E., Faccio, D. & Leach, J. May 2017 In : Journal of Optics. 19, 5, 054006

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Imaging techniques

Coherent Perfect Absorption in Metamaterials with Entangled Photons

Altuzarra, C., Vezzoli, S., Valente, J., Gao, W., Soci, C., Faccio, D. F. A. & Couteau, C. 8 Aug 2017 In : ACS Photonics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Controlling hybrid nonlinearities in transparent conducting oxides via two-colour excitation

Clerici, M., Kinsey, N., DeVault, C., Kim, J., Carnemolla, E. G., Caspani, L., Shaltout, A., Faccio, D. F. A., Shalaev, V. M., Boltasseva, A. & Ferrera, M. 9 Jun 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 15829

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Zinc oxide

Fast tracking of hidden objects with single-pixel detectors

Chan, S., Warburton, R. E., Gariépy, G., Altmann, Y., McLaughlin, S., Leach, J. & Faccio, D. F. A. 21 Apr 2017 In : Electronics Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Nonlinear Zel'dovich effect: Parametric amplification from medium rotation

Faccio, D. F. A. & Wright, E. M. 3 Mar 2017 In : Physical Review Letters. 118, 9, 093901

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Angular momentum
angular momentum


Non-line-of-sight tracking of people at long range

Faccio, D. F. A. (Creator), Chan, S. (Creator), Leach, J. (Creator), Warburton, R. E. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 20 Feb 2017


Towards efficient photon-plasmon entanglement using metamaterials

Faccio, D. F. A. (Creator), Altuzarra, C. (Creator), Vezzoli, S. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 10 Mar 2017


Optical analogues of the Newton-Schrodinger equation and boson star evolution

Faccio, D. F. A. (Creator), Roger, T. (Creator), Wilson, K. (Creator), Maitland, C. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 12 Jul 2016


Slow light in flight imaging

Faccio, D. F. A. (Creator), Wilson, K. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 1 Dec 2016



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)

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Public lecture
  • 1 Participation in Festival or Exhibition

"Can we 'freeze' light?" TEDxHWU Talk

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

Activity: Public lecture

Under a different light

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

Activity: Public lecture

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

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

Activity: Participation in Festival or Exhibition