UCsim2: 2D Structured Illumination Microscopy using UC2
in: BioRxiv (2021)
State-of-the-art microscopy techniques enable the imaging of sub-diffraction barrier biological structures at the price of high-costs or lacking transparency. We try to reduce some of these barriers by presenting a super-resolution upgrade to our recently presented open-source optical toolbox UC2. Our new injection moulded parts allow larger builds with higher precision. The 4× lower manufacturing tolerance compared to 3D printing makes assemblies more reproducible. By adding consumer-grade available open-source hardware such as digital mirror devices (DMD) and laser projectors we demonstrate a compact 3D multimodal setup that combines image scanning microscopy (ISM) and structured illumination microscopy (SIM). We demonstrate a gain in resolution and optical sectioning using the two different modes compared to the widefield limit by imaging Alexa Fluor 647- and SiR-stained HeLa cells. We compare different objective lenses and by sharing the designs and manuals of our setup, we make super-resolution imaging available to everyone.