Resolving Power Line

What can you see with the different types of microscopes? The human eye is capable of distinguishing objects down to a fraction of a millimeter. With the use of light and electron microscopes it is possible to see down to an angstrom and study everything from different cells and bacteria to single molecules or even atoms.


* Light microscope includes phase contrast and fluorescence microscopes. Electron microscope includes transmisson electron microscope.


First published March 2002.

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