Comparison Between Light & Electron Microscopes

Following are main point of differences between  Light & Electron Microscopes;
  • The highest practical resolution of light microscope is 1000 to 1500 & that of electron microscope is over 100000. 
  • The best resolution for light microscope is 0.2 micrometer   & that of electron microscope is 0.5 nano meter .
  •  The radiation source fore light microscope  is visible light & for electron microscope electron beam. 
  •  The medium of travel for  light microscope is air & vacuum  for  electron microscopes. 
  • The source of contrast is differential light absorption for light microscope & scattering of electrons for electron microscope. 
  • Glass lens are used in light microscopes whereas  electromagnet for electron microscope.  


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