At ioLight we are very proud of our field microscope that is an industry innovation first. However, microscopy is a huge field that requires the use of different kinds of microscope depending on the research or technical requirement. Microscopy is the official term for the use of a microscope as a speciality or discipline and the field has three main strands: electron, optical and scanning probe. Here we take a brief look at these different branches.
This type of microscopy involves the use of a large, often expensive microscope that sits in a lab or
similar designed area. Although used mainly in biological research of cells and other micro-organisms. electron microscopes are increasingly being used within engineering and industry.
This is the form of microscopy that we are all most familiar with which uses lenses to magnify tiny images. There are many types of optical microscope; simple, compound, inverted and digital. Iolight’s field microscope it off the optical kind and was created with field microscopy in mind.
Scanning Probe Microscopy:
A relatively new type of microscopy that began life in the early 1980s. This field of microscopy does not involve lenses, rather its uses a physical probe that scans an area back and forth. The probe is linked to a computer that gathers data which is used to create a detailed image of the surface.