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Polarized Light Microscopy

  1. Laura Finzi1,
  2. David D Dunlap2

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002994



How to Cite

Finzi, L. and Dunlap, D. D. 2001. Polarized Light Microscopy. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Biology, University of Milan, Italy

  2. 2

    Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


Polarization microscopy may be used for quantitative measurement of optical properties of biological specimens and to reveal dynamic structural details without exogenous stains.


  • optical microscopy;
  • inherent contrast;
  • birefringence;
  • dichroism;
  • polarization