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

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scanning electron microscopy noun

Examples of scanning electron microscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Why Do Razor Blades Dull So Quickly?," 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, "Archaeologists find a way to look for ancient beer," 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, "Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye," 28 Feb. 2017 The image was captured with a Helios Nanolab dual-beam focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope at EMSL and colorized by Alice Dohnalkova. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye," 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 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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