Inverted Optical Microscope

Location: Maryland Hall 3

Contact information for training: Contact Phil Chapman ([email protected]) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Reservations: Google Calendar

Manufacturer: Leica DMi8 A

Capabilities and Options:

  • Brighfield – BF
  • Darkfield – DF
  • Differential Interference Contrast – DIC
  • Polarization – Pol
  • 5X, 10X, 20X, 50X, 100X lenses
  • Automatic Z-image compiler
  • Automatic X-, Y- image stitching
  • Calibrated measurement capabilities


Contrast methods: BF, DF, DIC, Pol

Objective turret: Motorized

  • Six positions for objectives with M25 threads and a 45mm parfocalizing distance
  • DIC motorized
  • 5X, 10X, 20X, 50X, 100X objective lenses

Stages: Motorized 150 mm X 200 mm

Z-focus: Motorized

  • Travel – 10 mm below stage, 2 mm above stage
  • 5 focus increments: 0.05 µm, 0.1 µm; 0.7 µm; 1.5 µm; 5.0 µm
  • Automatic lowering before objective change

Instructional videos are available on the Leica Microsystems website. For your convenience, we have provided links to the sections of their site that are most likely relevant to your research needs.

Back to top