Polarized Light Microscopy, Online Course

Course Details

How does a microscope work? What are some analytical techniques? Tom Van Howe, Jr. will walk you through the fundamentals of light microscopy, and how to apply both quantitative and qualitative analyses to identify particulate matter through practical training in advanced techniques.

Material covered in this online, on-demand microscope training course:

  • Course Introduction
  • Modern Polarized Light Observations: What is Microscopy?
  • Micrometry: Ocular Scale Calibration and Size Measurements
  • Components and Functions
  • The Alignment Procedure
  • Crossed Polarized Light Observations: Signs of Elongation
  • Crossed Polarized Light Observations: Isotropy and Birefringence
  • Crossed Polarized Light Observations: Extinction Characteristics
  • Optical Crystallography
  • Conoscopy


Here are a few comments we’ve received from students who have completed the online PLM course:

“Excellent course! Love the self-paced aspect and that you can pause videos and work through the set-up with the instructor. Love all of the examples and techniques shown. Such great information and resources.”

“The instructor is very knowledgeable about the subject and a very good teacher. ”

“I thought the concepts were explained very well and the organization and pacing of the course was perfect.”

“Well delivered, and good supporting material.”


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