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College of Microscopy Now Open

Photonics.com
Jan 2007
The McCrone Group Inc., a scientific research company, announced the opening of the new College of Microscopy at its learning center in Westmont, Ill. The center now hosts the largest array of advanced modern microscopy courses and instrumentation of any single educational facility in the US, McCrone said. The college specializes in training materials analysis and forensics science specialists using light microscopy, electron microscopy and FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) and Raman spectroscopy, with the goal of training more than 1000 students a year. Since June 2005, the McCrone Group more than doubled its existing 25,800-sq-ft headquarters to 66,700 sq ft with the addition of the College of Microscopy, instrument sales group, analytical laboratory and business offices. Long-range plans for the college include offering formalized distance learning and advanced degree programs.


GLOSSARY
electron
A charged elementary particle of an atom; the term is most commonly used in reference to the negatively charged particle called a negatron. Its mass at rest is me = 9.109558 x 10-31 kg, its charge is 1.6021917 x 10-19 C, and its spin quantum number is 1/2. Its positive counterpart is called a positron, and possesses the same characteristics, except for the reversal of the charge.
light
Electromagnetic radiation detectable by the eye, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 750 nm. In photonic applications light can be considered to cover the nonvisible portion of the spectrum which includes the ultraviolet and the infrared.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
raman spectroscopy
That branch of spectroscopy concerned with Raman spectra and used to provide a means of studying pure rotational, pure vibrational and rotation-vibration energy changes in the ground level of molecules. Raman spectroscopy is dependent on the collision of incident light quanta with the molecule, inducing the molecule to undergo the change.  
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