Over the years, microscopes have evolved from being magnifying glasses (then also called ‘flea glasses’ as they were mostly used to look at tiny bugs) to becoming complex equipment with adjustable powers. Today, they are one of the most commonly used apparatus in laboratories.
Where can they be used?
They are used to view anything from samples of minerals to cells of the human body: anything that is too small to be seen by the naked eye but must be observed for the purpose of scientific research or for commercial ventures. Chances are, if you have a lab, you have a microscope sitting snugly in it somewhere.
The microscope consists of lenses that serve to magnify the sample and send it to the eyepiece, to be viewed by the observer. Light microscopes use light to pass through the sample and view images, while electron microscopes use powerful electron beams instead of the light. Scanning acoustic microscopes, Fluorescence microscopes, and X-ray microscopes are also some of the other types of microscopes in use.
Do vibrations affect microscopes?
The term resolution is what most aptly describes the capacity of the microscope to accurately differentiate between 2 points in the sample. It is measured by the shortest distance between these 2 points and powerful microscopes can differentiate even up to nanometers. However, this robust looking device is also extremely sensitive. It is not left unperturbed by the vibrations in the environment around it. Studies show that even the footsteps of a person walking on the laboratory floor can significantly affect the image viewed from a high-resolution microscope. Needless to say, vibrations from vehicles passing by outside the lab as well as from other equipment within the lab also affect the resolution. Many times, the readings from other machines that work based on this microscope’s readings are more affected by these vibrations.
What is a solution to these vibrations?
Hence, there is a need to place the microscope on a stable bench that can minimize these vibrations and improve the quality of the readings. The anti-vibration properties of the working bench can significantly improve the accuracy of the readings involved.
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