Ultraviolet Microscopy

Ultraviolet microscopy

Ultraviolet Microscopy is microscopy for imaging in the ultraviolet region.

Ultraviolet microscopy requires a special microscope designed to "see" beyond what a standard optical microscope can image.  With upgraded ultraviolet optics, light sources and cameras, ultraviolet microscopy is for imaging microscopic samples in the visible and the ultraviolet region.  This means that ultraviolet 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 ultraviolet microscopes
  • By using the shorter wavelengths of ultraviolet 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 ultraviolet microscopy.  These custom designed microscopes capable of imaging from the deep ultraviolet all the way into the near IR.  They are capable of ultraviolet microscopy in transmission, reflectance and even fluorescence.

Learn more about ultraviolet microscopy:

Ultraviolet Microscope Design

Uses of the Ultraviolet Microscope

UVtM-1™ Ultraviolet Microscope

The lit microscope base is a trademark of CRAIC Technologies, Inc.
 UV-visible-NIR microscopes, UV-visible-NIR microspectrometers and Raman microspectrometers are general purpose laboratory instruments. They have not been cleared or approved by the European IVD Directive, the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other agency for diagnostic, clinical or other medical use.