scanning electron microscope

noun

Definition of scanning electron microscope

: an electron microscope in which a beam of focused electrons moves across the object with the secondary electrons produced by the object and the electrons scattered by the object being collected to form a three-dimensional image on a display screen

called also scanning microscope

Other Words from scanning electron microscope

scanning electron microscopy noun

Examples of scanning electron microscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using a scanning electron microscope, Pomerantz also discovered that tiny mounds between the bristles, known as nanopillars, are coated in a layer of wax. Anil Oza, Science | AAAS, 22 June 2021 The illustration is based on scanning electron microscope images of Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitous fungus that can infect the lungs. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 With the help of University of Leeds researchers Jason Harvey and Sandra Piazolo, Hess was able to get the fulgurite under a scanning electron microscope. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 Under a scanning electron microscope, the plant fibers in 14 of the Pinwheel Cave bundles matched other samples from the genus Datura. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2020 Microscopic images captured with a scanning electron microscope confirmed that most of the quids contained plant matter of the species Datura wrightii. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, 23 Nov. 2020 By observing and recording the cutting process under a scanning electron microscope, the team noticed that the hairs created small chips in the blade surface. Eric Niiler, Wired, 6 Aug. 2020 To test the idea, Heiss and his colleagues malted their own barley by charring it then examined the results under a scanning electron microscope. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 5 June 2020 The image was captured with the Helios Nanolab dual-beam focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope at EMSL and was created by Alice Dohnalkova. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, 28 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of scanning electron microscope

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Scanning electron microscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scanning%20electron%20microscope. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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scanning electron microscope

noun

Medical Definition of scanning electron microscope

: an electron microscope in which a beam of focused electrons moves across the object with the secondary electrons produced by the object and the electrons scattered by the object being collected to form a three-dimensional image on a display screen

called also scanning microscope

— compare transmission electron microscope

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