ID#: 13149
This historic 1962 image, depicts a former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) electron microscopist seated at one of the first transmission electron microscopes (TEM) used at the organization’s headquarters, located on its Roybal campus, in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

A TEM works much like a light microscope, however, rather than implementing light waves as a means to illuminate the ultrastructural details of a slide specimen, electrons, which travel at a much lower wavelength, enable the observer to seen these details under a resolution many times greater than when using light. Electromagnets are used as the lenses for this device rather than glass lenses, focusing the beams of electrons through the specimen, which finally hit a fluorescent screen that scintillates when the electrons hit its sensitive surface.

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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Sencer
Creation Date: 1962
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.