Within the field of optical microscopy there are dozens of specialist techniques, all with their own particular characteristics. As a result using microscopes seriously for the first time can be a challenging task.
This briefing provides newcomers to microscopy with an informative yet concise introduction to modern optical microscopy.
It details the origins and history of optical microscopes and explains how they work. It also goes over the most widely used specialist techniques in life science microscopy, with an emphasis on the important role played by objective lenses: the decisive interchangeable component that can most improve image quality.