Target identification of buried coated objects

Fioralba Cakoni, David Colton

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We consider the three dimensional electromagnetic inverse scattering problem of determining information about a buried coated object from a knowledge of the electric and magnetic fields measured on the surface of the earth corresponding to time harmonic electric dipoles as incident fields. We assume that the buried object is a perfect conductor that is (possibly) partially coated by a thin dielectric layer. No a priori assumption is made on the extent of the coating, i.e. the object can be fully coated, partially coated or not coated at all. We present an algorithm based on the linear sampling method and reciprocity gap functional for reconstructing the shape of the scattering obstacle together with an estimate of the surface impedance of the coating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-288
Number of pages20
JournalComputational and Applied Mathematics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Buried objects
  • Inverse scatterring
  • Mixed boundary conditions

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