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Amazing Electron Microscope Images

A photomicrograph (or micrograph) is an image that is taken through a microscope, and we’ve covered a few of those on the blog including Nikon’s “Small World” competition, a traveller’s tale in a strange microscopic world, and an incredibly close-up look at insects. If you missed any of those, click here to see them.

North American scientific instruments company, FEI, is in the business of supplying electron microscopes to a various industries and it is the fantastic images taken by their line of scanning electron microscope (or SEM), that we’ll show you today. According FEI, their SEMs can magnify 20 to 1,000,000 times better a light microscope and can be used in tasks that contain long scientific words such as 3D cellular ultrastructure, macromolecular localization, and 3D tissue imaging.¬† The proof is really in the details. Hit the jump to see some of the FEI’s microscopic images.

Hydrothermal Worm

This cute critter is a marine organism found near hydrothermal vents in the ocean. It has been magnified 525 times.

Platinum Nano-Wire

This is a platinum wire that has been milled to 50 nanometres  in diameter. It is to be used a gas sensor.

Human Tooth

Dentin is found in teeth and comprises tiny channels called dentinal tubules. This images shows those tubules.


This images shows a biofilm that has developed on carbon steel after 14 days of immersion in seawater.


This is what happens when you cut a semiconductor at a sloping angle.

Silver and Copper

These colourfully geometric objects are silver particles and copper crystals.

Catepillar Mouth

A catepillar’s mouth and sensory organs are shown here.

Sponge Spicule

This is an image of a spicule as found in a South African sponge (the animal, and not the dish-washing implement).

Crystal Ocean

These are copper crystals on a copper surface.


These flowers have been obtained through hydrothermal synthesis, a process of growing crystals from aqueous solutions.

See more wonderful images taken by electron microscopes on the FEI website or on Flickr.

[via James Francis on Twitter]

4 replies on “Amazing Electron Microscope Images”

It’s funny how some of these look like they are computer generated! I know they are real but its quite something.

Yes I agree, and actually the color is added digitally since electrons are not sensitive to the the color of objects. Also the lighting looks “unnatural” because of the nature of the secondary electron detector which is used to take some of these pictures.

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