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Northwest Missouri State University


Polarized Microscope (PM)

Polarized Microscope

A polarizing microscope is a very special tool that uses a polarizer and an analyzer to look at materials under polarized light. The stage rotates around and with special plates inserted in the light path. You can measure the angles of brightness and color and from a chart of known specimens, identify your sample. Applications include to crystals, strained non-crystalline substances, minerals, rocks etc.