Identification of small inhomogeneities of extreme conductivity by boundary measurements: a theorem on continuous dependence

Avner Friedman, Michael Vogelius

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Abstract

We consider an electrostatic problem for a conductor consisting of finitely many small inhomogeneities of extreme conductivity, embedded in a spatially varying reference medium. Firstly we establish an asymptotic formula for the voltage potential in terms of the reference voltage potential, the location of the inhomogeneities and their geometry. Secondly we use this representation formula to prove a Lipschitz-continuous dependence estimate for the corresponding inverse problem. This estimate bounds the difference in the location and in certain geometric properties of two sets of inhomogeneities by the difference in the boundary voltage potentials corresponding to a fixed current distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-326
Number of pages28
JournalArchive For Rational Mechanics And Analysis
Volume105
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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