Ries Lab, EMBL
Scientific-grade lasers are costly components of modern microscopes. For high-power applications, such as single-molecule localization microscopy, their price can become prohibitive. Here, we present an open-source high-power laser engine that can be built for a fraction of the cost. It uses affordable, yet powerful laser diodes at wavelengths of 405 nm, 488 nm and 638 nm and optionally a 561 nm diode-pumped solid-state laser. The light is delivered to the microscope via an agitated multimode fiber in order to suppress speckles. We provide the parts list, CAD files and detailed descriptions, allowing any research group to build their own laser engine.