Video: Electron microscopy

Watch this video, which explains the process of scanning electron microscopy

Electron microscopes use a beam of electrons rather than photons of light to generate images from their subjects. There are two types: scanning and transmission electron microscopes. The scanner bounces electrons off the surface of a solid sample whereas the transmission passes electrons through a thin section to gather information.

This video was produced for the 2009 Wellcome Image Awards

Running time 3 mins 11 secs

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘The Cell’ in February 2011 and reviewed and updated in September 2015.

Cell biology
The Cell
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development