The “Spectrum” of Microscopic and Spectroscopic Techniques


Electromagnetic (EM) radiation is our main source of information about the world (i.e. “seeing is believing”). Most scientific techniques rely on some form of imaging/visualization (“microscopy”) and/or measurement of energy absorption or emission (“spectroscopy”) or both (for instance: fluorescence microscopy). In the figure above we outline the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation from x-rays to microwaves and the different scientific techniques that each type of radiation supports.

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