Interference microscope, Germany, 1961-1970
An interference microscope splits beams of light and passes them through a specimen to allow us to see and measure details that would not be detectable using a single beam of light. Images can be photographed through the microscope for study at a later date. The equipment was designed by Smith of England but manufactured in Germany by E Leitz. The design of the microscope meant that a rapid change of magnification could be achieved without readjusting the components.
Related Themes and Topics
The use of microscopes to study objects or samples. The three major types of microscopy are optical, electron and scanning probe microscopy.
Glossary: interference microscope
A type of electro-microscope that splits light into two beams. This allows a clearer examination of the specimen.