Leica Science Lab - Tag : Refractive Index https://www.leica-microsystems.com//science-lab/tag/refractive-index/ Article tagged with Refractive Index en-US https://www.leica-microsystems.com/19673 Basics in Microscopy Immersion Objectives: Using Oil, Glycerol, or Water to Overcome some of the Limits of Resolution To examine specimens at high magnifications using the microscope, there are a number of factors which need to be taken into consideration. These include resolution, numerical aperture (NA), the working distance of objectives and the refractive index of the medium through which the image is collected by the front lens of an objective. In this article, we will briefly look at how using an immersion medium between the coverslip and the objective front lens helps to increase the NA and resolution. https://www.leica-microsystems.com/science-lab/immersion-objectives-using-oil-glycerol-or-water-to-overcome-some-of-the-limits-of-resolution/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:07:00 +0000 PhD Martin Wilson https://www.leica-microsystems.com/19605 Basics in Microscopy Collecting Light: The Importance of Numerical Aperture in Microscopy Numerical aperture (abbreviated as ‘NA’) is an important consideration when trying to distinguish detail in a specimen viewed down the microscope. NA is a number without units and is related to the angles of light which are collected by a lens. In calculating NA (see below), the refractive index of a medium is also taken into account and by matching the refractive index of a slide or cell culture container with an immersion medium, then more of the detail of a specimen will be resolved. The way in which light behaves when travelling from one medium to another is also related to NA (and termed ‘refraction’). This article also covers a brief history of refraction and how this concept is a limiting factor in achieving high NA. https://www.leica-microsystems.com/science-lab/collecting-light-the-importance-of-numerical-aperture-in-microscopy/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:46:00 +0000 PhD Martin Wilson