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ASM Handbook

Metallography and Microstructures

Edited by
George F. Vander Voort
George F. Vander Voort
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ASM International
Volume
9
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-177-1
Publication date:
2004
Book Chapter

Viewing Composite Specimens Using Reflected Light Microscopy[1]

By
Brian S. Hayes
Brian S. Hayes
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Luther M. Gammon
Luther M. Gammon
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Published:
2004
Publication history
March 04, 2011

Abstract

The analysis of composite materials using optical microscopy is a process that can be made easy and efficient with only a few contrast methods and preparation techniques. This article is intended to provide information that will help an investigator select the appropriate microscopy technique for the specific analysis objectives with a given composite material. The article opens with a discussion of macrophotography and microscope alignment, and then goes on to describe various illumination techniques that are useful for specific analysis requirements. These techniques include bright-field illumination, dark-field illumination, polarized-light microscopy, interference and contrast microscopy, and fluorescence microscopy. The article also provides a discussion of sample preparation materials such as dyes, etchants, and stains for the analysis of composite materials using optical microscopy.

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Brian S. Hayes, Luther M. Gammon, 2004. "Viewing Composite Specimens Using Reflected Light Microscopy", Metallography and Microstructures, George F. Vander Voort

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