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Interference microscope, Germany, 1961-1970

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An interference microscope splits beams of light and passes them through a specimen to allow us to see and measure details that would not be detectable using a single beam of light. Images can be photographed through the microscope for study at a later date. The equipment was designed by Smith of England but manufactured in Germany by E Leitz. The design of the microscope meant that a rapid change of magnification could be achieved without readjusting the components.

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1981-1844 Pt1

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