mmSIM: An open toolbox for accessible structured illumination microscopy [article]

Craig T. Russell, Michael Shaw
2021 biorxiv/medrxiv   pre-print
Since the first practical super-resolution structured illumination fluorescence microscopes (SIM) were demonstrated more than two decades ago the method has become increasingly popular for a wide range of bioimaging applications. The high cost and relative inflexibility of commercial systems, coupled with the conceptual simplicity of the approach and the desire to exploit and customise existing hardware, have led to the development of a large number of home-built systems. Several detailed
more » ... eral detailed hardware designs are available in the scientific literature, complemented by open-source software tools for SIM image validation and reconstruction. However, there remains a lack of simple open-source software to control these systems and manage the synchronization between hardware components, which is critical for effective SIM imaging. This article describes a new suite of software tools based on the popular Micro-Manager package, which enable the keen microscopist to develop and run a SIM system. We use the software to control two custom-built, high-speed, spatial light modulator-based SIM systems, evaluating their performance by imaging a range of fluorescent samples. By simplifying the process of SIM hardware development, we aim to support wider adoption of the technique.
doi:10.1101/2021.01.18.427184 fatcat:txtej4w7ijguhorzp3kgqjkfpe