Examples of images obtained from the BX-60 system at IFE. Photo: Jan Braly Kihle

Optical Microscopy at IFE

Reflected and transmitted light of wavelengths within UV-visible-NIR range forms the basis of optical microscopy. The addition of polarizers, heating-cooling stages, high-resolution cameras and spectroscopy detectors, as well as image depth-stacking software, expands its application options considerably. IFE’s applications are broad and includes mainly material science and geological services, as offered to the mining, petroleum, metallurgical and environmental research communities.

IFE’s Optical microscopy laboratory has recently made an important impact in the environmental air quality monitoring, with NILU as the most important industry partner, where provenances of airborne mineral dust particles now are deciphered routinely.

We provide the following state-of-the-art options based on custom OLYMPUS BX-60 and Microthermometric OLYMPUS BH-2 systems.

Examples of images obtained from the BX-60 system at IFE

Examples of images obtained from the BX-60 system at IFE. First occurrence of the rare mineral Magnesiodumortierite. Crystal size = 400 µm. Photo: Jan Braly Kihle

 

Fluorescence micro image of organic-bearing zoned carbonates from a Mars analogue rock. Joint project with PGP (AMASE), JPL and NASA 2004. Photo: Jan Braly Kihle

BX-60Light sources:

  • transmitted white light
  • reflected white light
  • polarized light
  • 365 nm irradiation for fluorescence investigations
  • 405 nm irradiation for fluorescence investigations

Olympus Apochromat and Planachromat Optics:

  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 10x
  • 20x
  • 40x
  • 50x
  • 100x

Microphotography and Video options:

  • Up to 80 Mb still images
  • 4K Video recordings

Spectroscopy options:

Fluorescence emission spectroscopy 370-1000 nm, minimum spot size 20µm.

Details of the BX-60 system. Photo: Jan Braly Kihle

 

BH-2

Light sources:

  • transmitted white light
  • Polarized light

Olympus Apochromat and Planachromat Optics, with optical correction collar 0-1.4mm:

  • 20x
  • 40x

Microphotography and Video options:

  • Up to 80 Mb still images
  • 4K Video recordings

 

Spectroscopy options:

  • None.

 

Sample Heating/Freezing options:

  • +350 deg C
  • -100 dec C

 

 

Microscope layout; BX-60 system to the left, BH-2 Microthermometry system to the right. Photo: Jan Braly Kihle.

 

IFE offers research on assignments. Please contact:

Kihle, Jan Braly

Environmental Analysis,

+47 465 41 759

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