Aspirin Crystals Under Polarized Light

I have always been interested in polarized light and wondered if the foldscope could be made to incorporate it. Knowing nothing about optics, I was pretty sure that the viewing situation would be too compressed for this to work…but I still wanted to try. I purchased two plastic, linear polarizing sheets from Edmonds Optics.  I…

Experiments with Cross Polarization and Fibers

In the published papers, it’s clear that a variety of flavors of the Foldscope are being developed to allow for specialized lighting or contrast-enhancement. Some will require additional components, but one in particular seems accessible and easy to adapt the “vanilla” brightfield Foldscope. Polarized light microscopy is attainable by introducing two, perpendicularly oriented polarizing filters…