Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre

Analytical Equipment

Optical Microscopy

LMCC has an optical microscopy suite which contains a variety of instruments which are available for the optical examination of materials. These range from low power stereo zoom microscopes to high power reflected and transmitted light instruments.

Optical Microscopy Techniques Available:

  • Brightfield Microscopy
  • Darkfield Microscopy
  • Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) Microscopy
  • Phase Contrast Microscopy
  • Polarised Light Microscopy

All systems are equipped with photographic facilities. Auxiliary equipment, such as a hot stage which can operate up to 375ºC can be used in conjunction with the techniques shown above.  

An Abbe refractometer used for the measurement of the refractive index of materials is also available.