February 25, 2021

Daniele Faccio

Daniele Faccio is a Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technologies and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Optical Society of America. He joined the University of Glasgow in 2017 as Professor in Quantum Technologies where he now leads the Extreme Light group and is Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy.

His research interests involve imaging and quantum technologies applied to both imaging and sensing. The Extreme Light research group poses intriguing questions such as what could you do if you had a camera so fast that can freeze light in motion? Or a quantum sensing device that can measure the path taken by a single photon with a precision of a single atom? They are developing the technologies that will enable new forms of imaging with applications ranging from seeing behind and through walls to quantum microscopy. Recently, the team has also made the breakthrough in using quantum-entangled photons to encode information in a hologram.

The Extreme Light group also has a research activity in the field of analogue gravity, i.e. the study of curved spacetime in the lab using intense laser pulses and light-matter interaction to create artificial black holes or “expanding universes”.

Daniele Faccio is also adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA) and previously was at Heriot-Watt University and University of Insubria (Italy). He has been visiting scientist at MIT (USA), Marie-Curie fellow at ICFO, Barcelona (Spain) and EU-ERC fellow 2012-2017. He was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Physics in 2015, the Royal Society of Edinburgh Senior Public Engagement medal and the Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2017. He has published over 130 articles, and has worked in the optical telecommunications industry for four years before obtaining his PhD in Physics in 2007 at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). His research, funded by the UK research council EPSRC, DSTL, The Leverhulme Trust, the EU Quantum Flagship program and the Royal Academy of Engineering, focuses on the physics of light, on how we harness light to answer fundamental questions and on how we harness light to improve society.

Quote from TEDx video – Imaging at the speed of light (2015)

“I‘ve shown you that we can see behind walls and in the near future, we will probably be able to see directly inside the human body. This is just a beginning of a new form of photography and I’m sure that in the future, there will be much much more to come.”

Photo sources: D. Faccio || University of Glasgow