Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 31 - Think and Explain - Page 598-599: 52


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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