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Chao He


Chao He BEng MEng MRes DPhil (Oxon)

College Lecturer

Principal Investigator


Dr. Chao He is a Lecturer, Principal Investigator, and doctoral supervisor at the University of Oxford. He runs the Vectorial Optics and Photonics Group (VOP), which focuses on optical techniques for vectorial beam manipulation, including structured light, structured matter, adaptive optics, and polarization sensing.

He completed his DPhil degree in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford from 2018-2020 (within two years) and was later elected as a Junior Research Fellow in Engineering at St John’s College (1st place among all candidates). He is in the Governing Body of St John’s College.

He has published over 60 scientific papers, including first- and corresponding- authored papers in Nature Communications, Light: Science & Applications, Optica, Advanced Photonics, elight, etc., and serves as a reviewer of Nature Photonics, Light: Science & Applications, Optica, etc., and as an Editorial Board member of Journal of Optics, Light: Advanced Manufacturing; as Guest Editor-in-Chief of Light: Science & Applications.

He independently leads several research grants, whose overall value exceeds £1 million.

Research Interests

Vectorial Optics; Structured Light; Structured Matter

  • Polarisation sensing
  • Structured light
  • Structured matter
  • Microscopy
  • Adaptive optics
  • Optical materials
  • Tissue optics

Selected Publication

1)  Chao He, Yijie Shen and Andrew Forbes, Light: Science & Applications, 11.1 (2022): 1-17.  (IF 20.3; Springer Nature)

2)  Chao He, Jianyu Lin, Jintao Chang, et al, Optica 9.10 (2022): 1109-1114.  (IF 10.64; OSA)

3)  Chao He, Jintao Chang, Patrick S. Salter, et al, Advanced Photonics 4.2 (2022): 026001.  (IF 13.58; SPIE; Cover Paper)

4)  Chao He, Honghui He, Jintao Chang, et al, Light: Science & Applications, 10.1 (2021): 1-20.  (IF 20.3; Springer Nature; Editors' Highlights)

5)  Chao He, Jintao Chang, Qi Hu, et al, Nature Communications, 10.1 (2019): 1-8.  (IF 17.69; Springer Nature; Highlighted by Nature Photonics, etc.)

Selected Practical Experience

  • Composer
  • Lyricist
  • Singer
  • Producer

First Personal Original Music Album --《HE》

DPhil Opportunities

I am interested to hear from potential students who have interests in research areas spanning from vectorial beam generation/analysing/correction techniques to various related applications.