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Detection and identification of asbestos by microscopical dispersion staining

Authors
  • Walter C. McCrone
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1974
Source
PMC
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Abstract

Asbestos fibers as small as 1 μm in diameter can be uniquely identified by light microscopy by employing dispersion staining methods. The technique described herein involves suspension of fibers in liquids of known refractive indices and observation of color display by means of a dispersion staining objective. Wavelengths or indices of refraction may be determined at right angles to and parallel to fiber axes. This method is rapid and sensitive for identification purposes.

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