|Light Microscopy Subcommittee Forms
The light microscope is a staple in the laboratory from the simple
high school model to the complex inverted metallograph.
Digital and video-microscopy are specialized areas of light microscopy
employed in metallography, the science of microstructural characterization
of materials. In their mission to develop standards for a plethora
of metals-testing techniques, ASTM Committee E04 on Metallography approved new Subcommittee E04.03 on Light Microscopy
at their November 2000 meeting in Orlando, Fla., to develop standards
for digital and video microscopy.
The formation of the subcommittee was initially discussed at the
Open Discussion session of E04s May 2000 meeting. The committee
secretary, Matthias Hoffmann, Archive 4 Images, Inc., Arlington
Heights, Ill., proposed that a new subcommittee address digital
and video microscopy beyond the parameters of Subcommittee E04.01
Sampling Specimen Preparation and Photography. After a brief discussion,
the proposal for the new subcommittee received unanimous approval
and Hoffmann was elected chair.
Existing ASTM standards transferred to E04.03 last month:
E 1951, Standard Guide for Calibrating Reticles and Light Microscope
Standard Guide for Digital and Video Microscopy (in progress).
Potential new areas of standards development by Subcommittee E04.03:
Terminology Relating to Video/ Digital Microscopy, Image Analysis
and Image Processing;
Practice for Preparing and Documenting Micrographs for Reports
Guide for Ensuring the Security of Digital Images;
Practice for Determining the Resolution of a Light Microscope.
To participate in the development of standards for digital and
video microscopy, or be included on the subcommittee roster to
receive news, contact Staff Manager Diane Rehiel, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9717). Subcommittee E04.03 will convene
during the May 7-10 meetings of Committee E04 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Copyright 2001, ASTM