Francesca Vidotto, Assistant Professor

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Foundation of Physics


Contact Information

Office: PAB 210 and WIRB 7140
Tel: (519) 661-2111 x81423

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Research Areas

Quantum Gravity
Foundations of Physics

Research Interests

At the frontier of fundamental physics there is the problem of combining quantum theory and Einstein’s General Relativity. My research focuses on Loop Quantum Gravity, currently the most-developed non-perturbative theory of quantum gravity. This allows to study the domains where quantum gravity is expected to play a significant role, such as for black holes and for the primordial universe.

In the Quantum Gravity research group at Western this research is pursued in an interdisciplinary manner, tackling together questions related to the mathematical structure of the theory, the development of new numerical methods, the phenomenological aspects, and the philosophical questions that the theory raises. Our goal is to develop new theoretical tools that could lead us to understand the quantum aspects of space and time and connect the theory with observations.

Current Projects

Black Holes

  • Analytical study of black hole transition probability as a function of relevant astrophysical parameters
  • Optimization of the numerical computation of the amplitudes
  • Astrophysical phenomenology of black-hole explosions


  • Spinfoam cosmology and spacetime emergence
  • Numerical calculation of primordial fluctuations
  • Bouncing cosmologies with primordial black holes


  • Thermodynamics of the quantum gravitational field
  • Quantum Information for Quantum Gravity
  • Gauge, boundaries, partitions and covariance



  • Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity (with Carlo Rovelli) An elementary introduction to Quantum Gravity and Spinfoam Theory. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Recent Publications

  • Primordial fluctuations from quantum gravity (with Francesco Gozzini) Front. Astron. Space Sci. 7: 118, 2021 • e-Print: 1906.02211
  • Quantum insights on Primordial Black Holes as Dark Matter PoS EDSU2018 (2018) 046 • e-Print: 1811.08007
  • Small black/white hole stability and dark matter (with Carlo Rovelli) Universe 4 (2018) 11, 127 • e-Print: 1805.03872

Complete Publication List:


Current Courses:

  • Astronomy 2022B: Origin of the Universe
  • Philosophy 9703A/4311F: Women and Science

Previous Courses:

  • Applied Mathematics 2811B: Linear Algebra II
  • Applied Mathematics 9625B: Introduction to General Relativity


2021 – Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Foundation of Physics
2015 – NVH Jubilee Prize awarded by the Network of Female Professors to the most talented young female scientist at Radboud University Nijmegen
2014 – Veni Fellowship awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
2012 – Rubicon Fellowship awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

Professional Activities