License Details

k-Wave © 2009-2016 Bradley Treeby, Ben Cox, and Jiri Jaros

The k-Wave toolbox is distributed by the copyright owners under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) which is a set of additional permissions added to the GNU General Public License (GPL). The full text of both licenses is included with the toolbox in the folder 'license'.

The license places copyleft restrictions on the k-Wave toolbox. Essentially, anyone can use the software for any purpose (commercial or non-commercial), the source code for the toolbox is freely available, and anyone can redistribute the software (in its original form or modified) as long as the distributed product comes with the full source code and is also licensed under the LGPL. You can make private modified versions of the toolbox without any obligation to divulge the modifications so long as the modified software is not distributed to anyone else. The copyleft restrictions only apply directly to the toolbox, but not to other (non-derivative) software that simply links to or uses the toolbox.

k-Wave is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

Citing the k-Wave Toolbox

If you find the toolbox useful for your academic work, please consider citing:

B. E. Treeby and B. T. Cox, "k-Wave: MATLAB toolbox for the simulation and reconstruction of photoacoustic wave-fields," J. Biomed. Opt., vol. 15, no. 2, p. 021314, 2010.


B. E. Treeby, J. Jaros, A. P. Rendell, and B. T. Cox, "Modeling nonlinear ultrasound propagation in heterogeneous media with power law absorption using a k-space pseudospectral method," J. Acoust. Soc. Am., vol. 131, no. 6, pp. 4324-4336, 2012.

along with any other relevant publications. The first paper gives an overview of the toolbox with applications in photoacoustics, and the second describes the nonlinear ultrasound model and the C++ code.

Funding Acknowledgments

This work has been made possible through the generous support of several funding agencies and computing facilities, including:

  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK (grants EP/E050980/1, EP/L020262/1, EP/M011119/1)
  • SoMoPro II and Marie Curie Actions (REA Grant Agreement No. 291782)
  • The European Metrology Research Programme (DUTy-REG3 Dosimetry for Ultrasound Therapy)
  • The Australian Research Council (ARC/Microsoft Linkage Project LP100100588)
  • The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, Distributed European Computing Initiative (DECI-11 PROS-HIFU)
  • IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre (Centre of Excellence Project CZ.1.05/1.1.00/02.0070)
  • The Australian National Computing Infrastructure
  • The NVIDIA Academic Partnership Program

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