In this Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) training course students learn the most direct and powerful application of polarized light to characterize and identify hundreds, if not thousands, of microscopic particle types based on their physical and optical properties. Identify contaminants, fibers, pigments, food products, pollen grains, spores, hairs, glass, combustion products, pharmaceuticals, explosives, minerals and other crystalline and non-crystalline materials can be identified rapidly and accurately with the polarizing light microscope.
The experts at Hooke College of Applied Sciences teach students how to apply both quantitative and qualitative analyses to identify particulate matter and solve microscopical materials problems. Students learn time honored and highly specialized PLM methods that can be applied successfully to the solutions of virtually all problems in the materials sciences. Training is achieved through lecture/demonstration and, above all, many practical exercises utilizing known and unknown samples.
This course is part of our Industrial Microscopy Specialization.
See below for course outline and additional information.
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“This course was simply the best I have ever attended outside of a higher learning academic institution... The course undoubtedly serves as a solid platform for the development of polarized light microscopy capabilities in my organization.” Amgen
“The hands-on experience is awesome! The instructor really knows his stuff; he knows all of the background and theory and applies it in a practical way. Wonderful! Excellent atmosphere...” ExxonMobil
“The PLM course provided me all the information and knowledge that I was looking for... I think I'm in a much better position of conducting my project and other related works.” Catholic University of Korea
"The course is one of the only optical microscopy/polarized light courses offered in the U.S. The course provided a much needed foundation in PLM. The instructor spoke and explained clearly, and answered all questions. The access provided for question and answer sessions with the experts was very helpful also". UES, Inc./WPAFB/A.F.R.C
Students are expected to complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, characterization and identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:
Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and 3 CEU credits, if available.
This course is part of the Industrial Microscopy Specialization program.
The program consists of attending four standard Hooke College of Applied Sciences (HCAS) courses with hands-on instruction and a 40 hour practicum study characterizing unknown samples.
After finishing the four courses, students complete a Capstone Project, which is a project that requires students to characterize and identify samples by integrating all of the skills learned during the four courses taken for the program. Those students who successfully complete the four courses and associated practicums, and a Capstone Project, earn an Industrial Microscopy Specialization.