MEE has a variety of light microscopes with magnifications ranging from 5X to 2400X. Each microscope is connected to a camera with digital image capture for subsequent measurements and/or additional image analyses.
Light microscopes aid in low-magnification observation of sample surface features using visible light. The Keyence VHX 1000 is a state-of-the-art digital microscope that captures images with an extended depth of field and allows for 3D measurements of surface features. The laboratory also has a range of stereo microscopes for low-magnification inspection and imaging.
Light microscopy for metallographic analysis generally refers to reflected-light microscopy. By this method, light is directed perpendicular to the sample surface and reflected back through the objective to an eyepiece, and/or digital camera. Various illumination techniques and light filters/analyzers can be used to reveal and enhance microscopic features. The laboratory’s Reichert MeF3 is a research-grade inverted metallographic light microscope with brightfield, darkfield, polarized light, and differential interference contrast imaging capabilities.
Contact us to discuss which evaluation method is best suited to solve your materials-related problems. Or visit our Handbook of Analytical Methods for Materials (HAMM) for more in-depth explanations and typical applications of the analytical methods used for the characterization and evaluation of materials and products.