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Impossibility of Recovering a Scatterer's Shape by the First Version of the “linear sampling” Method

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The version of the “linear sampling” method introduced in D. Colton, A. Kirsch, Inverse Problems, 12, 383, 1996, is analyzed.

It consists into the attempt to recover a scatterer's contour by determining an indicator function from the knowledge of the scattered far field data. In particular, the indicator function is determined following the solution of a certain far field equation.

We show that the far field equation to solve does not have (almost anywhere) a solution for two classes of objects: Perfectly conducting cylinders and homogeneous dielectric cylinders having circular cross section. It thus follows that the indicator function is “infinite” (almost) everywhere both inside and outside the scatterer and, consequently, does not represent the shape of the object.

Keywords: Inverse scattering problems; Shape reconstruction methods

Document Type: Miscellaneous


Affiliations: Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, via Roma 29, I-81031, Aversa, Italy. Tel.: +39 081 5010242; Fax: +39 081 5037042; E-mail:

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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