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Inverted Microscope | Inverted Microscope

Key Words: fluorescence, live cell imaging, DIC, phase contrast, Inverted microscope, thick specimen, multidimensional, time lapse, metallurgy

Definition:Inverted microscopes are those in which the body, ocular and objective are located underneath the stage, while the specimen is illuminated from above


As opposed to the standard configuration of an upright microscope in which the ocular and objective are located above the specimen stage, the lenses of an inverted microscope are located below a transparent viewing stage, with the light source illuminating the subject from above. The specimen is located face down above the objective with the line of sight directed upward through the objective to the object. Modern inverted microscopes systems allow for the inclusion of digital camera and video attachments for viewing on a CCTV monitor.


Inverted microscopes are among the most ubiquitous analytical instruments available and are most commonly used for examining thick samples and specimens that typically settle on the bottom of observation dishes. Phase contrast, fluorescence, multidimensional imaging, Nomarski DIC and time-lapse imaging are just some of the viewing techniques used with inverted microscopes in the biological sciences for the study of living cells, tissue cultures and parasitic organisms. Industrial applications for materials science and engineering laboratories include the three-dimensional analysis of metals and semiconductor materials, checks for surface defects, grain size and incursions in QA/QC, and the analysis of surface microstructures in a variety of sample types in metallurgy and metallograophy.


TS100 for simple tissue cultiure or biological analysis

Ti series for advanced biolgical research

MA100 for simple metallurigical and industrial applications

MA200 for advanced industrial research

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