Metallurgical microscopes are specially-designed microscopes that are used for metallurgical evaluation, including the assessment of metals, ceramics and other materials. Specialty uses of these devices include measuring thin films and electroplating coatings.
There are several different kinds of Metallurgical Microscopes. Acoustic, or ultrasonic, microscopes are the most standard, and can be used to look at delimitations, cracks and other imperfections. Inverted microscopes are useful for assessing flat polished metallurgical, ceramic, or optical specimens. Other kinds of metallurgical microscopes include microwave microscopes, fluorescent microscopes, laser microscopes, polarizing microscopes, portable field microscopes, scanning electron (SEM) microscopes, atomic force microscopes (AFM), stereoscopes and transmission electron microscopes (TEM).