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– Help Scientists Explore Hidden Worlds

The microscope is an invaluable tool in today's research and education. It is used in a wide range of scientific fields, where major discoveries in biology, medicine and materials research are based on advances in microscopy.

From the simple light microscope different techniques have evolved, aimed at making it possible to see certain objects or processes. Scientists use electron microscopes in order to get extraordinary resolution, microscopes that give three-dimensional images of surfaces or biological molecules, and microscopes that mark out specific substances.

Here, you can learn more about these different microscopes and what the scientist studies with them. You can also try the techniques of Nobel Prize Laureates by yourself in our microscope simulators.

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First published March 2002.

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