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
An encyclopedic resource for all kinds of topics in science
and technology, including the electron microscope.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
& 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
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.