UV Microscopy is microscopy for imaging in the UV region.
UV microscopy requires a special microscope designed to "see" beyond what a standard optical microscope can image. With upgraded UV optics, light sources and cameras, UV microscopy is for imaging microscopic samples in the visible and the UV region. This means that UV microscopes have features that make them superior to normal visible range microscopes:
- Some materials are transparent or clear in normal microscopes but can be imaged with UV microscopes
- By using the shorter wavelengths of UV light, higher image resolution can be obtained than with the longer wavelengths of visible range light.
One example is in imaging protein crystals: these microscopic crystals are transparent in the visible range but can be easily seen at 280 nm due to the strong absorbance of certain amino acids.
CRAIC Technologies offers a number of solutions for UV microscopy. These custom designed microscopes capable of imaging from the deep UV all the way into the near IR. They are capable of UV microscopy in transmission, reflectance and even fluorescence.
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