∞ generated and posted on 2016.01.14 ∞
Technique employed to achieve far greater image magnification and resolution than is possible when employing light as a means of object or specimen illumination.
Electron microscopes employ electrons rather than photons to illuminate a specimen, with electrons then detected (not by eyes) to form images. Because electrons are larger than photons they allow for a much higher resolution and therefore much higher magnification.
Electron microscopes can take up entire rooms and are not typically associated with microbiology teaching laboratories.