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WWW Resources for Microscopy

Exploring the World of Optics and Microscopy
A virtual text and reference book on microscopy and related topics in optics. The Photo Gallery offers a very large collection of color photomicrographs in the life sciences, mineralogy, and general topics.
Virtual Library of Microscopy
Covers all areas of microscopy including light and electron microscopy. The contents include: Internet Resources, Reference Sites, Equipment & Technology, Applications & Topics, Techniques.
McGraw-Hill Topics
An encyclopedic resource for all kinds of topics in science and technology, including the electron microscope.
A Guide to Scanning Electron Microscopy
This site, maintained by JEOL U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of one of Trinity's SEMs, offers practical information on how to use an SEM to optimize performance.
All You Wanted to Know About Electron Microscopy
This is a PDF from FEI Co., manufacturer of one of Trinity's TEMs,
that simply describe what an EM is, what kinds of technology it uses, & what types of information we get out of it.
Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (to be updated)
ESEM is a newer technology in SEM that enables examination of wet, living specimens! This is a meaty site – maintained by FEI Company, manufacturer of Trinity’s TEM in McCook – with lots of information (including some marketing pitches) and very good ESEM images, including MOVIES of live insects.
How Does EM Work?
Brief, clearly presented primer on electron microscopy. Good diagrams.
Image Galleries - Materials science, geology, forensics
Image Galleries -
Life sciences
Educational Resources K-12
Don't let the name fool you. Scroll down the page to find "Best Sites for Obtaining Images for Educational Use." These sites permit the non-commercial and educational use of their images
National Nanotechnology Intiative
Nanotechnology has become one of the hottest areas in scientific research: technology development at the atomic level, in the length scale of approximately 1 - 100 nanometer range, to provide a fundamental understanding of phenomena and materials at the nanoscale and to create and use structures, devices and systems that have novel properties and functions because of their size.
Interactive Sites
Powers of 10
This site contains several interactive Java tutorials, like this one that demonstrates ranges of magnification, from extremely large objects (galaxies) to extremely small (atoms).
Electron Flight Simulator
Electron Flight Simulator is a software tool designed to help you see how the beam penetrates your sample, and where the X-ray signal comes from, for a wide variety of microscope conditions. Download a demo version at this site.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
This site offers several ways to access MSDS for the chemicals that are commonly used in the laboratory.
Periodic Table of the Elements
Clicking on any element in the Periodic Table at this site will take you to the element's properties table. Once at the properties table page, click on "See full article" to go to the complete article on the element.

National & Local Microscopy Organizations

Microscopy Society of America (MSA)
MSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the knowledge of the science and practice of all microscopical imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of materials in diverse areas of biological, materials, medical and physical sciences. Contact the experts in the field of electron and related microscopies. Join the MSA Listserver for a glimpse into the day-to-day activities and concerns within this group of scientists, engineers, and analysts who work in pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, medicine, academia, and other fields.
Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS)
MAS is an organization of professionals who work with or have an active interest in microbeam instrumentation, which includes, but is not limited to, instruments utilizing electron, ion, or photon beams to characterize any material, organic, inorganic, or biological. Contact the experts in the field of micro- and nano-analytical techniques, studying chemical composition of materials that may range in size from turbine blades and bridges to areas as small as sub-atomic particles.
Materials Research Society (MRS)
is a non-profit organization which brings together scientists, engineers and research managers from industry, government, academia and research laboratories to share findings in the research and development of new materials of technological importance.
Connecticut Microscopy Society (ConnMS)
A local affiliate society of MSA. Meetings are held twice a year in the Hartford CT area, hosting nationally prominent scientists from both Life and Materials Sciences.
New England Microscopy Society (NESM)
A local affiliate society of MSA. Meetings are held four times a year in the Boston MA area, hosting nationally prominent scientists from both Life and Materials sciences. A 2-day event is held annually in May at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Labs, featuring speakers, poster sessions with prizes, and vendor exhibits.