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How was microscope-level zoom created by a lens and a water droplet?

It was a rainy night. My glasses were speckled with fresh water droplets. I looked at a distant street light and I was surprised to see cells - a single cell was zoomed in to the level where I could ...
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Cheap DIY Zernike-Phasecontrast: Optical Thickness of a inkjet/laser printed contour for phasering? [closed]

Rough guess: Optical Thickness of a inkjet/laser printed contour? Edit I was wondering if there is any research regarding the refractive index and the height of an inkjet or laser printed contour?  ...
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What are these microscope circles?

This is a photo I have taken with a microscope (100x objective). What are these circles? When I rotate the eyepiece or the objective they stay still. Are they particles on the mirror? In this case ...
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Is this incredible microscope technology real? [closed]

I recall reading about the relatively old invention of a microscope-like device; apparently able to zoom much further (and with greater clarity) than more "advanced" modern technology. I don't recall ...
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Relation between phase of dark field and bright field images

I am trying to understand how the super-resolution technique based on Fourier Ptychography 1. In the paper, we run phase retrieval algorithms using images captured using illumination at different ...
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A lot of high power microscopes have 2500x magnification, why that specific number?

I've been shopping around for a microscope, and I've noticed something I didn't really expect. Across different brands, across different times (look at some "vintage stuff"), many many microscopes ...
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How is the Rayleigh criterion connected to the Abbe limit

I am interrested whether one can derive a formula for the point resolution (like Abbe did) of an optical system from the Rayleigh criterion (without the use of small angle approximation i.e. $\rm{sin}(...
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What is the accuracy when firing an electron at a target?

Consider firing an electron at a target. Let the target be at a distance $d$ and the electron be travelling at a non-relativistic speed $v$. How can we estimate the maximum possible accuracy ...
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Quantify shade-off and halo effect in phase contrast microscopy

Shade-off and halo effect introduce distortion to phase contrast images. I am trying to utilize these features to write a program which could identify spherical cells from (positive) phase contrast ...
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How to get rid of optical reflections in microscopy?

I am running a Raman microscopy experiment with polished silicon wafers. Each time I make an optical image of the wafer surface, reflections appear to the left of the image. This is even worse for ...
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determine axial resolution in microscopy

I want to determine the axial resolution of a fluorescence microscope. As I understand, this is commonly done employing a thin fluorescent specimen and performing an axial scan. The axial resolution ...
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Microscopy - Depth of Field Shrinks with Magnification

From empirical results I was able to gather that the DOF of a microscope I was working with had been reduced, when I swapped the tube lens to a one with greater magnification (but the same objective ...
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what are the things that affect the ion mobility of a particular material?

what factors are important in ionic transition in a substance? please use easy word to answer as I am a high school student.
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How does a high-speed atomic force microscope (HS-AFM) form a realtime image?

Regular low speed AFM uses tapping to image a surface. How does a high-speed AFM (HS-AFM) capable of imaging a whole area in "real time"? (Ando et al., ref) Is it just improved signal processing?
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Could neutrinos be used to take high resolution pictures of atomic nuclei?

Of course, this is obviously not feasible with modern technology but is it theoretically possible?
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Are the Rayleigh criterion and the Point Spread Function related to each other?

Reading this paper as of now, and at the very end of the appendices, it mentions that: However, assuming a highquality preparation, the limit of resolution for any application is always ...
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What is a Light Efficient System?

When reading this paper, I encountered this sentence on the sixth page: When used in conjunction with wide-field microscopy, iterative restoration methods are light efficient. This is most ...
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What are the figures of merit/ performance measurements I can use for deconvolution?

I'm currently performing deconvolution on a bunch of 2D slices of fluorescent beads using MATLAB. Now I want to measure the performance of different deconvolution methods on the filtering of the PSF(...
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Why does resolution decrease due to out of focus blur?

Reading the Wikipedia article on Brightfield Microscopy and I notice the point: 'Low apparent optical resolution due to the blur of out of focus material.' in the Limitations section. I ...
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influence of soft iron in magnetic lenses

I'm currently working as an intern in a research group which is specialized in transmission electron microscopes. I'm reading a book from David B. Williams and C. Barry Carter : Transmission electron ...
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How to perform a rotation of field of view using only mirrors/lenses?

How does one rotate a "microscope" fluorescence image on the detector using only lenses and mirrors in the set-up shown above? I am trying to do ray tracing to understand how to do this, but lenses ...
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How does one go about measuring the Point Spread Function pertaining to a particular microscope?

I am aware of the two ways in which to obtain the PSF: Theoretically and Empirically. I understand that empirically, you would have to use fluorescent beads. However, I am missing information as to ...
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Why do fluorescent beads need to be sub resolution to measure the point spread function?

It is mentioned everywhere that fluorescent beads need to be sub resolution for empirically measure the point spread function (PSF). Why is this the case?
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Stacking lenses for higher magnification (a DIY microscope)

Recently, I have made a DIY microscope stand for my phone according to these specifications. I am using a lens that I found in home, the closest match that I could find is here. I got some great ...
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Is it possible to view an atom? [duplicate]

Is it possible to view an atom? What would it look like? Would it resemble a traditional atomic diagram?
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Btter using a cheap RGB or Monochrome-LCD as a mask for an incoherent white light source compared to?

To be precise, I'm trying to implement ans adaptive condenser-aperture in a brightfield microscope. It's remote and I don't want to have it mechanical moving all the time when changing the objective ...
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How can I simulate two fluorophores with a reticle?

Fluorophores typically emit in an incoherent fashion. I thought I could simulate two fluorophores (e.g. single molecule fluors) with a reticle. My concept was to make two small holes in a chrome ...
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Polarized light microscopy

Why is polarized light used in microscopy for the analysis of rocks(for example)? Why not use unpolarized light? What is it with polarized light that makes the analysis of rocks better? Edit: please ...
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How are bond angles determined?

Electron microscopes cannot clearly depict the exact shape and structure of atoms and molecules, even though it does show a vague, cloudy image. In my AP chemistry class, I learned that the bond angle ...
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Why the Kondo effect is important for STM?

The Kondo effect is observed when approaching 0K. Why would this effect be important for STM?
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How to measure thickness of an ultra-thin metal layer?

I have a sample of a metal (aluminum/oxide) layer with a gradual thickness ranging from monolayer to 100nm. This layer is deposited on a transparent substrate, like glass. How can I measure this ...
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Why isn't the magnifying power in a compound microscope zero when image is formed at infinity?

I think, in a compound microscope, angular magnification and lateral(or linear) magnification is given by the same formula for both image at infinity and near point(D) And the formula is $$M=m=m_om_e$...
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Selecting an epi-illuminated objective for optical microscopy

I am currently trying to improve my silicon microphotography. To provide context: this is what I get with a 10x epi plan objective┬╣: This is what I get with 40x epi plan objectve with NA=0.65: I ...
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Perfectly flat surface

Looking at microscopic images of work tops I noticed that none are perfectly flat. Is it possible to actually create a perfectly flat surface?
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Smallest object resolvable by optical microscopy

I am wondering what is the smallest object you can resolve with an optical microscope. I am aware of the equation $\delta=\frac{\lambda}{2\textrm{NA}}$ that basically gives you the resolution. $\...
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Interaction with the Specimen in Electron Microscope

I read that Electron microscopes throws a high speed electron beam (in vacuum) on the specimen to create a magnified image of the specimen. I wish to know about the interaction of the electrons of the ...
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Dissolving photoconductor (TiOPc) from Laser Printer drum possible?

When I was thinking of a Lab-On-a Chip Application which combines a lensless microscope and an optical tweezers I saw the ODEP-concept:(http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/lc/c3lc50351h#...
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Could a Kelvin Probe Force Microscope, in principal, be used as a voltmeter?

This question goes into the very nature of the work function that the Kelvin Probe Force Microscope (KPFM) measures. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin_probe_force_microscope Let's say, you have a ...
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Spherical and chromatic aberration correction

I have some spherical lenses which are 5mm, 1mm and 0,5 mm in diameter, having 100x, 350x and 1000x magnification respectively. While looking at blood samples, I'm having big problems with spherical ...
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What's the difference between two types of diaphragms?

What's the principal difference between aperture iris diaphragm and field iris diaphragm?
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Spherical Aberration Of Electron Lenses

I would like to know why electron lenses can't have negative spherical aberration. Every textbook I have found devotes one or two sentences to saying that Otto Scherzer prooved this 80 years ago, but ...
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Why don't electron microscopes use huge detectors?

Electron microscopes have limited resolution. I have read experts saying that we need better electron detectors to get better resolution. Why can't we just use bigger detectors? Increase the ...
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Magnification: Microscopes Telescopes

What is the difference between the way a microscope magnifies say a star and a telescope say a cell? Why is it, that the eyepiece of a telescope magnifies stronger when it is smaller and with a ...
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To describe crystallity structures of this ferromagnetic material

MOKE microscope picture of the ferromagnetic Material $Co_{40} Fe_{40} B_{20}$ of 20 nm thin film All other pictures look the same, also from different angles: [0,360] by 15 degree separation. I ...
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Importance of thickness of SiO2-substrate for observing graphene's monolayer

I've discovered that one should use 300-nm-thick SiO2 substrate in order to effectively observe graphene's monolayer through optical microscope. If thickness differs even by 5%, i.e. 315 nm, then ...
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Why do spatial filters use microscope objectives, and not other types of lenses?

A spatial filter is a device to 'clean up' a laser beam with an irregular intensity profile, and create a smooth Gaussian profile at the output. It is usually said (e.g. here) that you need a ...
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What is the importance of reciprocal lattice?

Reciprocal lattice is the diffraction plot of a crystal. Now with the STM instrument we can get the get the topology of the crystal, so what is the importance of reciprocal lattice or the Brillouin ...
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What is bias voltage and what is it's function in a Scan Tunneling Microscope?

I was reading about the Scan Tunneling Microscope and I read that a 'bias voltage' is needed to realize a current of electrons between the needle and the sample. I don't know what the definition of '...
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Why subwavelength objects can not be seen with optical microscope?

What would happen if we would take a very small sphere around 200nm diameter and try to detect it from the most efficient optical microscope? Technically, the Rayleigh diffraction limit prevents the ...
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What criterion did Abbe use?

For a microscope (correct me if I am wrong) the Rayleigh Criterion gives us: $$ R=\frac{1.22 \lambda}{NA_{condenser}+NA_{objective}}$$ But with the Abbe diffraction limit: $$ R=\frac{\lambda}{NA_{...