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Operator using a transmission electron microscope

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Operator using a transmission electron microscope

Operator using a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The operating console is seen with a TV monitor and magnified image. A beam of electrons from an electron gun is projected down the microscope column (white), passing through the sample of material to be observed, and hitting a screen which fluoresces to give the image. The electron beam is focused by electron magnets. The sample needs to be cut very thin to allow the electrons to pass through it. TEMs may demonstrate resolutions of 0.2-0.5 nanometres under perfect conditions, about 400 times better than the resolution of a scanning electron microscope

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In this photo print, we witness the intricate world of scientific exploration through the lens of a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The operator is fully engrossed in their work, delicately manipulating the operating console while peering into a TV monitor displaying a magnified image. The TEM's complex mechanism comes to life before our eyes. A beam of electrons, emitted from an electron gun, travels down the microscope column in a brilliant white glow. Passing through a meticulously prepared sample of material, these electrons strike a screen that emits fluorescent light, revealing an awe-inspiring image. To achieve such remarkable clarity and precision, the electron beam is skillfully focused by powerful magnets within the microscope. The sample itself must be sliced incredibly thin to allow for unobstructed passage of these minuscule particles. Under ideal conditions, TEMs can unveil details as small as 0.2-0.5 nanometers – an astonishing resolution approximately 400 times superior to scanning electron microscopes. This photograph not only showcases cutting-edge technology but also highlights the dedication and expertise required by technicians and scientists who utilize these advanced techniques in their pursuit of knowledge. Captured by Science Photo Library with utmost finesse and artistry, this image invites us into the realm where science meets art – where curiosity intertwines with innovation to unravel nature's most enigmatic secrets.

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