On corner scattering for operators of divergence form and applications to inverse scattering

Fioralba Cakoni, Jingni Xiao

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We consider the scattering problem governed by the Helmholtz equation with inhomogeneity in both “conductivity” in the divergence form and “potential” in the lower order term. The support of the inhomogeneity is assumed to contain a convex corner. We prove that, due to the presence of such corner under appropriate assumptions on the potential and conductivity in the vicinity of the corner, any incident field scatters. Based on corner scattering analysis we present a uniqueness result on determination of the polygonal convex hull of the support of admissible inhomogeneities, from scattering data corresponding to one single incident wave. These results require only certain regularity around the corner for the coefficients modeling the inhomogeneity, whereas away from the corner they can be quite general. Our main results on scattering and inverse scattering are established for (Formula presented.) while some analytic tools are developed in any dimension (Formula presented.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-441
Number of pages29
JournalCommunications in Partial Differential Equations
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics


  • 35J25
  • 35P05
  • 35P25
  • 35R30
  • 81U40
  • Corner scattering
  • inverse medium scattering
  • non-scattering wave numbers
  • shape determination
  • transmission eigenvalues


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