May 14th, 2019

Choosing a correction collar objective upfront will save you a hassle in the future

“Clayton, I need you to get down to the lab. There’s a problem with the 40x objective.”

I get to the lab after looking over the original quote. My eyes race down the line-by-line configuration to “Objective HI PLAN 40x/0.65.” The numerical aperture, 0.65, says it all. ...


March 26th, 2018

Leica LIBS is a verb

To LIBS or not to LIBS? That is the question. When analyzing material from ISO16232 cleanliness testing, users normally don’t care whether Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is a noun, adjective or verb; they just want to know whether t ...


February 25th, 2018

Fluorescence and Lighting in Las Vegas: A Word About LED vs. Metal Halide

Paper or plastic? Cream or sugar? Card or cash? I hear each of these questions a few times per week (or multiple times a day if I’m on my fourth cup of Brazilian coffee).

There’s not so much a clear-cut preference for all questions. “Should I go with LED or a classic (metal ...


February 14th, 2018

Stop staring at your screen and give your monitor some love

“It’s like you’re looking right past me, like I’m not even here, and then when you do notice me, all you do is complain, complain, complain. How about a little love, I’m working hard over here!” your monitor screams at you as you question why the image in the microscope does ...


January 19th, 2017

Fluorescence for everyone!

Fluorescence is a critical component to biology research and has a significant number of applications in forensic science,