Solving inhomogeneous inverse problems by topological derivative methods. (English) Zbl 1153.35401

Summary: We introduce new iterative schemes to reconstruct scatterers buried in a medium and their physical properties. The inverse scattering problem is reformulated as a constrained optimization problem involving transmission boundary value problems in heterogeneous media. Our first step consists in developing a reconstruction scheme assuming that the properties of the objects are known. In a second step, we combine iterations to reconstruct the objects with iterations to recover the material parameters. This hybrid method provides reasonable guesses of the parameter values and the number of scatterers, their location and size. Our schemes to reconstruct objects knowing their nature rely on an extended notion of topological derivative. Explicit expressions for the topological derivatives of the corresponding shape functionals are computed in general exterior domains. Small objects, shapes with cavities and poorly illuminated obstacles are easily recovered. To improve the predictions of the parameters in the successive guesses of the domains we use a gradient method.


35R30 Inverse problems for PDEs
65N21 Numerical methods for inverse problems for boundary value problems involving PDEs
49N45 Inverse problems in optimal control
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