Wesleyan Receives Electron Microscope

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The Department of Physics and Engineering at West Virginia Wesleyan College was the benefactor of an electron microscope donated by Marshall University in Huntington, WV. An electron microscope uses an electron beam to produce a magnified image of a specimen. An electron microscope can achieve much greater magnifications than a traditional optical microscope and is sufficient to see individual atoms.

Electron microscopes are used to investigate arrangements of atoms in metals and polymers, to analyze small cracks in structures, and to view cellular structures that are too small to be seen with an optical microscope.

Dr. Joseph Wiest, professor of physics; Dr. Tracey DeLaney, research assistant professor of physics; and Dr. Bert Popson, chair of the department of physics and engineering, traveled to Huntington to pick up the Carl Zeiss EM10 microscope.