A method of illumination for an optical microscope. In dark-field illumination, the central light beam is blocked, allowing light to intersect the specimen at an oblique angle then pass off to the side without reaching the condenser. This produces a bright specimen image with enhanced contrast against a dark background. An appropriate objective and condenser must be used for dark-field illumination.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Dunkelfeldbeleuchtung (Deut.); darkground
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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