- Resolution: 0.15nm lattice
- Accelerating voltage: 40 to 120kV
- Magnification: 50x to 500,000x
The transmission electron microscope can give you 100 times better resolution than the best light microscope. This is possible because electrons accelerated through a series of electromagnetic lenses behave as if they have extremely short wavelengths and can be focused to form a real, enlarged image in the same way that light can be focused by glass lenses. This short wavelength enables the transmission electron microscope to optically separate two points only 2 angstroms apart!
Because electrons are so small and light, biological samples must be specifically prepared and cut into 50nm thick slices for viewing in the transmission electron microscope.
- Gatan Orius SC200 CCD camera (bottom-mount)