microscp ope

victor porguen vporguen at unl.edu
Tue Feb 9 23:55:47 EST 1993


CMSMUELLER at KARL.ACC.IIT.EDU writes:

>Can anyone suggest an inexpensive microscope equipped with a
>polarizer and analyzer to study crystals with birefringent properties?
>We are neophytes in growing protein crystals

Much depends on just how you wish to study those crystals - good
polarizing microscopes are never inexpensive, but a simple microscope
can be equipped with simple polarizing accessories to give a basic
view of birefringence. This won't tell you very much, however.

If you will need to determine optical characteristics in a 
=quantitative= manner (the traditional task of polarizing 
microscopes), then I don't think an inexpensive solution exists.

VP




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