Light microscopy

Replacing and discarding of Hg or Xe microscope bulbs

Users should be aware that when they need to replace a burned out microscope lamp, the old bulb can still be very hot!  It is always best to wait until the bulb has cooled before removing it.  Handling a hot bulb requires heat-resistant gloves and eye protection, especially since Mercury and Xenon bulbs can explode when hot. 

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Light Microscopy

Properties of Light & Introductory Optics

The Molecular Expressions Microscopy Primer is a world-class microscopy web site from Florida State University (principal authors: Michael W. Davidson, FSU & Mortimer Abramowitz, Olympus America Inc.). They have an extensive series of tutorials on Light & Color. Direct links to their excellent tutorials are provided here for easy access:


College of Medicine & Life Sciences North - 4th floor map

Note: Life Sciences North requires a pre-authorized CatCard to enter the building by door or elevator. The "bridge" from AHSC is open without special access requirements during regular business hours.



Class announcement: Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging

"This class (CMM 465/565) will teach students the fundamentals as well as advanced levels of the many modes of light microscopy (e.g. fluorescence, confocal and live cell imaging) required for today’s investigators in medical and other biological sciences."

Training opportunities for SWEHSC Investigator labs


The Cellular Imaging Facility Core provides a number of one-on-one training opportunities for faculty, staff, students and post-docs. These can be formal training opportunities related to a specific instrument/technique, or informal explanations tailored to a specific research question.

Light Microscopes and Image Analysis Workstations

Light Microscope & image analysis workstations

Location: LSN 429 (see map)
Contact: Doug Cromey, 626-2824
Administration: Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Fees for use: Currently there are none.

Don’t mix immersion oils from different vendors

Be careful when reviewing your samples at high magnification on two different brands of microscope.  If you find that you need immersion oil to see fine details in your sample, please do not “mix” two different brands of immersion oil.  Vendors tell us that they have seen instances where the two different synthetic oils combine on the lens surface and form a sticky substance that&rsq

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