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Light Microscopy: Comparison of Optics

Light Microscopy: Comparison of Optics

Trachelomonas in darkfield, x400 (left). Two trachelomonas, brightfield, x2000 (right).
© Micrographia\John Walsh.

Scientists use a variety of methods to view different subjects through a light microscope. Dr. David Caprette explains different optics (bright field, dark field, phase contrast, etc.) and the some of the best uses for each.

This slide set accompanies the presentation, "Light Microscopy: Comparison of Optics."

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Author(s): David R. Caprette, PhD
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Light Microscopy: Comparison of Optics

Types of Optics Compared

Bright Field Microscopy

Dark Field Microscopy

Phase Contrast Microscopy

Differential Interference Contrast

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