Photonics and Display Group

Liquid Crystal Display

Tao “Thomas” ZHAN

Ph. D. student  in Optics


Office: Room 288, CREOL

Phone:  (321) 666-0561

Fax: (407) 823-6880


CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics,

University of Central Florida,

4000 Central Florida Blvd.

Orlando, Florida 32816-2700





Ph. D. in progress, CREOL, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, U.S.


B.S. in Physics, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China


Honors & Awards:


CREOL Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Central Florida


ORC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Central Florida


Excellent Undergraduate Thesis, Nanjing University


Outstanding Graduate, Nanjing University


Silver Medal, The University Physics Competition, American Physical Society


Outstanding Student Award, Nanjing University


Leadership & Service:

09/2017 – 09/2018

Vice President of CREOL Association of Optics Students (CAOS)

09/2017 – 09/2018

Vice President of Society for Information Display (SID) UCF Student Branch

09/2016 – 09/2017

Secretary of Society for Information Display (SID) UCF Student Branch

09/2016 – 09/2017

Webmaster of Society for IEEE Photonics Society UCF Student Chapter



1.       T. Zhan, Y. H. Lee, and S. T. Wu, “High-resolution additive light field near-eye display by switchable Pancharatnam–Berry phase lenses,” Opt. Express 26(4), 4863-4872 (2018).

2.      (Review paper) Y. H. Lee, G. Tan, T. Zhan, Y. Weng, G. Liu, F. Gou, F. Peng, N.V. Tabiryan, S. Gauza, and S. T. Wu, “Recent progress in Pancharatnam-Berry phase optical elements and the applications for virtual/augmented realities,” Optical Data Processing and Storage 3, 79-88 (2017). 

3.      F. Gou, F. Peng, Q. Ru, Y. H. Lee, H. Chen, Z. He, T. Zhan, K. L. Vodopyanov, and S. T. Wu, “Mid-wave infrared beam steering based on high-efficiency liquid crystal diffractive waveplates,” Opt. Express 25(19), 22404-22410 (2017).

4.      Y. H. Lee, T. Zhan, and S. T. Wu, “Enhancing the resolution of a near-eye display with Pancharatnam−Berry phase deflector,” Opt. Lett. 42(22), 4732-4735 (2017).




Code programming: MATLAB, R, C, Python

Electromagnetic simulation: COMSOL Multiphysics, CST EM Studio

Optical design: LightTools (Synopsys), Zemax

Optical thin film coating: TFCalc




Sports (volleyball, badminton, soccer…), Photography (landscape), Cooking, Travelling.


Useful Links:

Prof. S. T. Wus Homepage, CREOL


Problems regarding this web site should be directed to Tao ZHAN. Last updated: 11/12/2017.