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Glow Scope : Fluorescence Microscope

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.

Fluorescence Microscopy:

  • 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.