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Crystal Gallery

Landscapes of Polarization Microscopy

When oriented molecules such as crystalline chemicals are placed between two polarizing filters, the crystals exhibit amazing colored landscapes or subtle patterns. Shown approximately 10 to 50 times actual size, the chemicals on this page were photographed between "crossed" polarizing filters.

 

urea napthalene

UREA

NAPHTHALENE

 

methylene blue

napthalene and thymol

enalapril

METHYLENE
BLUE

NAPHTHALENE
plus THYMOL

ENALAPRIL

 

napthalene methylene blue

NAPHTHALENE

METHYLENE
BLUE

 

 

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crystallization, polarized light microscopy, birefringence

 

 

 

 

 

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