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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

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time lag

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

How fast is a twisted photon?

Lyons, A., Roger, T., Westerberg, N., Vezzoli, S., Maitland - Warne, C., Leach, J., Padgett, M. J. & Faccio, D. F. A. 27 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Optica.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Optical Time Reversal from Time-Dependent Epsilon-Near-Zero Media

Vezzoli, S., Bruno, V., DeVault, C., Roger, T., Shalaev, V. M., Boltasseva, A., Ferrera, M., Clerici, M., Dubietis, A. & Faccio, D. 26 Jan 2018 In : Physical Review Letters. 120, 4, 043902

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
phase conjugation
internal conversion


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

"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

Press / Media

Scientists slow the speed of light

Daniele Franco Angelo Faccio


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research