On rational approximation methods for inverse source problems Academic Article uri icon


  • The basis of most imaging methods is to detect hidden obstacles or inclusions within a body when one can only make measurements on an exterior surface. Such is the ubiquity of these problems, the underlying model can lead to a partial differential equation of any of the major types, but here we focus on the case of steady-state electrostatic or thermal imaging and consider boundary value problems for Laplace's equation. Our inclusions are interior forces with compact support and our data consists of a single measurement of (say) voltage/current or temperature/heat flux on the external boundary. We propose an algorithm that under certain assumptions allows for the determination of the support set of these forces by solving a simpler "equivalent point source" problem, and which uses a Newton scheme to improve the corresponding initial approximation. 2011 American Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

published proceedings

  • Inverse Problems & Imaging

author list (cited authors)

  • Hanke, M., & Rundell, W.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Hanke, Martin||Rundell, William

publication date

  • January 2011