One of the oldest and most common pieces of equipment in any lab, microscopes have many different styles and functions. Let the Lab Manager microscope product finder help take some of the confusion out of selecting the microscope which is the best fit.
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Optical microscopes use visible light and a system of lenses to magnify images of small samples. Basic optical microscopes can be very simple, although there are many complex designs which aim to improve resolution and sample contrast.
Which type of optical microscope?
A fluorescence microscope is an optical microscope that uses fluorescence and phosphorescence instead of, or in addition to, reflection and absorption to studysubstance properties.
The stereo or stereoscopic or dissecting microscope is an optical microscope designed for low magnification observation of a sample, typically using light reflected from the surface of an object rather than transmitted through it.
An inverted microscope is a microscope with its light source and condenser on the top, above the stage pointing down, while the objectives and turret are below the stage pointing up. These models are commonly used for micromanipulation or metallurgical applications
A digital microscope is a variation of a traditional optical microscope that uses optics and a digital camera to output the specimen image to a monitor.
Nanometrology is the science of measurement at the nanoscale level. In the field of microscopy, the two most common tools used are atomic force, and electron microscopy.
Are you looking for an atomic force microscope, or electron microscope?
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is one of the most common nanometrology measurement techniques. It can be used to measure Topology, grain size, frictional characteristics, and different forces. AFM's have demonstrated resolution on the order of fractions of a nanometer, more than 1000 times better than optical microscopes.
An electron microscope is a microscope that uses a beam of accelerated electrons as a source of illumination. They are commonly used to investigate the ultrastructure of a wide range of biological and inorganic specimens including microorganisms, cells, large molecules, biopsy samples, metals, and crystals. Industrially, the electron microscope is often used for quality control and failure analysis.