Microscopy

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About Microscopy

Microscopes are instruments designed to produce magnified images of specimens so that we can see details which could not be seen with the naked eye.

From "The Microscope and its Revelations" Carpenter, 1891: Hertel's Microscope, 1716
From "The Microscope and its Revelations" Carpenter, 1891: Hertel's Microscope, 1716

Light microscopes use light waves to illuminate the sample and electron microscopes use electrons to create an image of the sample.

Electron microscopes are capable of much higher magnifications and have a greater resolving power than a light microscope, allowing it to see details within the smallest of samples.

This section will hopefully serve as a useful introduction to the microscopes we use at the John Innes Centre (JIC) and cover a brief history of Light and Electron Microscopy and the various techniques used in this field of science.