Ramberg, Edward G. RCA Laboratories, Princeton, New Jersey.
Siegel, Benjamin M. Department of Applied Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Last reviewed:June 2020
- Transmission electron microscope
- Scanning electron microscope
- Emission electron microscopes
- Low-temperature techniques
- Electron Microscopy
- Biological applications
- Nonbiological materials
- Limitations on observations
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A device for forming greatly magnified images of objects by means of electrons. Electron microscopes serve primarily two purposes: the visual examination of structures too fine to be resolved with ordinary, or light, microscopes, and the study of surfaces that emit electrons. The first function made transmission electron microscopes essential research tools in biology, chemistry, and metallurgy. Beginning in the 1960s the scanning electron microscope came to play an increasingly important role in the study of the surfaces of solid objects at more moderate magnifications. Various emission electron microscopes serve more specialized research purposes.
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