Optical Microscopy

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  • Name and what department each person was in.
  • Student or staff partner?
  • How was each person involved?
  • What rough dates did they contribute?
  • Jonathan Rackham, Department of Materials. Staff partner from October 2021.

Aims & Learning Outcomes

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  • Which module and year is it intended for and which setting (lecture or self study)?
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This visualisation will be used as a teaching tool in MATE50005 (Materials Characterisation) lectures as well as self-study tools in lab sessions. It will also be useful in the MATE70001 module (MSc Characterisation course).

Note that this visualisation logically leads on to the scanning electron microscopy project.

After using this visualisation, students will be able to:

  • explain the ray diagram of an optical microscope in reflection and transmission.
  • describe the key properties of an optical system and identify the relevant contributing components.
  • explain astigmatism and its relevance in optical systems.

Design Overview

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Design Justification

Assessment Criteria

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Education Design

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Graphical Design

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Interaction Design

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Progress and Future Work

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  • Which pages have been uploaded to website?
  • Any ideas for future improvements.


  • Link to GitHub repository for code in development:
  • Link to visualisation on ImpVis website (when uploaded):
  • Link to Collection on ImpVis website (when created):
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