Microscope Optical System Literature References

Modern compound microscopes are designed to provide a magnified two-dimensional image that can be focused axially in successive focal planes, thus enabling a thorough examination of specimen fine structural detail in both two and three dimensions. The optical components are mounted on a stable, ergonomically designed base that allows rapid exchange, precision centering, and careful alignment between those assemblies that are optically interdependent. Together, the optical and mechanical components of the microscope, including the mounted specimen on a glass micro slide and coverslip, form an optical train with a central axis that traverses the microscope base and stand.

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Books and Book Chapters

  • Davidson, M. W. and Abramowitz, M. Optical microscopy. in Encyclopedia of Imaging Science and Technology 2: 1106-1140 (2002).
  • Murphy, D. Lenses and geometrical optics. in Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Digital Imaging, Wiley-Liss, New York, pages 43-60 (2001).
  • Rost, F. and Oldfield R. The optical magnifying system. in Photography with a Microscope, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pages 66-86 (2000).
  • Lanni, F. and Keller, E. Microscopy and microscope optical systems. in Imaging Neurons: A Laboratory Manual, Yuste, R., Lanni, F., and Konnerth, A. (eds), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, pages 1.1-1.72 (2000).
  • Inoue, S. and Oldenbourg, R. Microscopes. in Handbook of Optics: Devices, Measurements, and Properties, Volume 2 McGraw-Hill, New York, New York, 17.1-17.50 (1995).
  • Inoue, S. and Spring, K. R. Video Microscopy: The Fundamentals, Plenum Press, New York, New York, pages 49-58 (1997).
  • Davidson, M. W., Olenych, S. and Claxton, N. Photomicrography. in Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th Edition, Focal Press, Burlington, Massachusetts, pages 592-602 (2007).

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