Glow Scope : Fluorescence Microscope
At Winona State University, Minnesota, have created a design for a Glow Scope, a Fluorescence Microscope.
- With this setup, they were able to image the creatures’ brain, spinal cord, heart, and head and jaw bones.
- They were able to zoom in and out using the smartphone camera and the clip-on lens.
- An optical microscope views an object by studying how it absorbs, reflects or scatters visible light.
- A fluorescent microscope views an object by studying how it reemits light that it has absorbed, i.e., how it fluoresces.
- This is its basic principle.
- The object is illuminated with light of a specific wavelength.
- Particles in the object absorb this light and reemit it at a higher wavelength.
- These particles are called fluorophores; the object is infused with them before being placed under the microscope.