A Low Cost CMOS Polarimetric Ophthalmoscope Scheme for Cerebral Malaria Diagnostics

  • Xiaojin Zhao
  • Amine Bermak
  • Farid Boussaid
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 379)


In this chapter, we present a low cost CMOS polarimetric ophthalmoscope scheme enabling the capture of the retinal abnormalities that are unique to cerebral malaria. The proposed technology, which can be integrated into cellphones, offers the basis for quick and non-invasive screening of cerebral malaria. In addition, we report a micropolarizer array technology exploiting “guest-host” interactions in liquid crystals for visible imaging polarimetry. The proposed technology enables the fabrication of high resolution (5μm×5μm pixel pitch) micropolarizer arrays with submicron thickness (0.95μm) to provide for larger light collection angles and reduced optical cross-talk. With the “host” nematic liquid crystal molecules photo-aligned by sulfonic azo-dye SD1, we report averaged major principal transmittance and polarization efficiency (PE) of 80.3% and 0.863, respectively across the 400nm − 700nm visible spectrum range. The proposed fabrication technology is simple and cost-effective, requiring only a single ultraviolet-exposure of the spin-coated “guest-host” mixture through a “photoalignment master”.


Polarimetric ophthalmoscope polarimetric imaging micropolarizer array 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaojin Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Amine Bermak
    • 1
  • Farid Boussaid
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of ECEThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
  2. 2.School of Electronic Sci. & Tech.Shenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina
  3. 3.School of EECSThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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