Phase contrast imaging is widely employed in the physical, biological, and medical sciences. However, typical implementations involve complex imaging systems that amount to in-line interferometers. We adapt differential phase contrast (DPC) to a dual-phone illumination-imaging system to obtain phase contrast images on a portable mobile phone platform. In this dual phone differential phase contrast (dpDPC) microscope, semicircles are projected sequentially on the display of one phone, and images are captured using a low-cost, short focal length lens attached to the second phone. By numerically combining images obtained using these semicircle patterns, high quality DPC images with ≈ 2 micrometer resolution can be easily acquired with no specialized hardware, circuitry, or instrument control programs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics