Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 31 - Think and Explain: 52

Answer

The principal advantage that an electron microscope has over an optical microscope is its ability to see smaller objects and much finer detail.

Work Step by Step

Electron beams in a microscope have a wavelength many hundreds of times shorter than that of visible light. This is discussed on pages 548, and 591-592. Figure 31.12 shows a picture taken by an scanning electron microscope.
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