Dimedone - Cyclomethone, 5,5-Dimethyl-1, 3-Cyclohexanedione: 1972

Photograph by

David Malin FRPS

About this image

Complex structures within a colourless crystal are revealed using polarised light microscopy. Dimedone is one of a class of chemicals called diketones. These are used in the production of a variety of chemicals such as agricultural products, dyes and pigments, synthetic vitamins and in the plastic industry as a stabiliser. This image was captured on 4”x5” transparency film using a Projectina microscope and Leitz optics. RMIT University, Melbourne & Australian Astronomical Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia