In 1625, Giovanni Faber gave the microscope its name, deriving it from Galileo, who called it “little eye.” For centuries, it has helped us examine and identify biological processes and particulars we otherwise couldn’t see. The standard optical microscope was the first to be invented, and later came the electron and scanning microscopes. While each type of microscope has its own strengths, all of them require the support of a stable environment, which is oftentimes hard to come by in a laboratory setting.
Depending on environmental conditions, certain hindrances - such as building vibrations, noise interruptions and even disturbances from surrounding lab equipment - can all impact a microscope’s performance. A common practice in the lab environment prior to beginning an experiment is to assess potential noise constraints. Using a vibration criteria curve, researchers can determine whether or not the measured and anticipated vibration levels will allow imaging to the desired resolution. If vibration levels need to be reduced, it’s imperative to incorporate some type of vibration isolation product to counteract the environmental disturbances.
Vibration isolation and control systems are difficult to create, however, because they have to afford high-performance vibration resistance while maintaining a compact low profile for users to decrease the space requirements and increase equipment usability. Fortunately, innovation has propelled us into a new frontier of microscopy, one where vibration isolation platforms can solve all (or at least most) microscope stability issues.
Vistek Incorporated offers both active and passive vibration isolation platforms to meet your performance needs. Ensure that your research and analysis won’t suffer due to external forces - such as building vibrations, traffic or large machinery (i.e., elevators, HVAC equipment or pumps) – with a vibration control system from Vistek.