Glossary of Terms in DIC Microscopy

Section Overview:

The complex nomenclature of differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy is often confusing to both beginning students and seasoned research microscopists alike. Because this contrast enhancing technique relies so heavily on polarized light, and the separation, retardation, recombination, and interaction of mutually perpendicular wavefronts, many of the rather numerous common terms in the field have multifaceted, underlying, or implied definitions. This resource is provided as a guide and reference tool for visitors who are exploring the large spectrum of specialized topics in DIC microscopy.

Glossary Terms

Contributing Authors

Douglas B. Murphy - Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Microscope Facility, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 725 N. Wolfe Street, 107 WBSB, Baltimore, Maryland 21205.

Kenneth R. Spring - Scientific Consultant, Lusby, Maryland, 20657.

Michael W. Davidson - National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 East Paul Dirac Dr., The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 32310.