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FLIMLib is a curve fitting library used for Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging or FLIM. It is developed by Paul Barber (UCL and KCL, London) and the Advanced Technology Group at the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, University of Oxford, as well as the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. FLIMLib is used for FLIM functionality in the Time Resolved Imaging (TRI2) software, as well as in the FLIMJ plugin for ImageJ.

For exponential lifetime fitting there are three core algorithms within FLIMLib:

  1. A triple integral method that does a very fast estimate of a single exponential lifetime component.
  2. A Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm or LMA that uses an iterative, least-squares-minimization approach to generate a fit. This works with single, double and triple exponential models, as well as stretched exponential.
  3. A Bayesian algorithm that combines evidence from each single photon to estimate lifetimes etc. It offers better performance with low photon counts.

There is also code to perform 'global' analysis over a number of signals simultaneously (e.g. over an image), where the lifetimes can be considered constant across the data set, but the amplitudes are allowed to vary for each signal. There is also a completely generic global analysis function. A third algorithm is available to perform phasor analysis.

In addition there is a non-negative linear least squares algorithm that is useful for spectral unmixing in combined spectral-lifetime imaging (SLIM).

The FLIMLib library code is written in C89 compatible C and is thread-safe for fitting multiple pixels concurrently. A Java interface (generated by SWIG is privided to call the library from Java code: provide a subset of function calls used by the FLIMJ plugin for ImageJ.

Additionally, there is wrapper code in FLIMLib.i to wrap the external functions in flimlib.def. This code generates swig wrapper files which enable you to call these functions from Java.

See also

Directory contents

Directory Contents
src/main/c The source files for the FLIMLib library
src/main/cpp The C++ include file for a FLIMLib class for use in C++ projects
target/generated-sources/main The Java API and C++ wrapper generated by SWIG
src/main/java The rest of the Java API source files
src/main/swig The SWIG sources that directs Java API generation
src/flimlib-cmd/c The source files for the standalone executable wrapper for the library
src/flimlib-cmd/cpp The source files for the standalone executable written in C++
src/matlab Wrapper and example code for use of the library with Matlab
test_files .dat and .ini settings file for testing
target/natives Compiled library binary

Building the source

To build the library and standalone program using maven:

mvn clean install

Running the standalone executable

  1. Copy the executable to the test_files folder for convenience

    cp target/build/bin/flimlib-cmd ./test_files
  2. Run the program with the test files

    cd ./test_files
    ./flimlib-cmd test.ini transient.dat

Using from a Java project

To depend on FLIMLib from Maven, simply copy the following to appropriate places in your pom.xml:


<!-- FLIMLib Java interface -->
<!-- FLIMLib native binary -->
  <!-- Or one of the following if you would like to manually specify the binary platform -->
  <!-- <classifier>native-linux_64</classifier> -->
  <!-- <classifier>native-windows_64</classifier> -->
  <!-- <classifier>native-osx_64</classifier> -->

Note that the native binary is platform-dependent. So you may want to make sure that the <classifier> attribute is either automatically detected by the parent scijava pom (${scijava.natives.classifier}) or manually filled in to match your platform.


FLIMLib: a package for exponential curve fitting of fluorescence lifetime image data




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