Analysis & PDE

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  • Volume 6, Number 4 (2013), 751-775.

Cauchy problem for ultrasound-modulated EIT

Guillaume Bal

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Abstract

Ultrasound modulation of electrical or optical properties of materials offers the possibility of devising hybrid imaging techniques that combine the high electrical or optical contrast observed in many settings of interest with the high resolution of ultrasound. Mathematically, these modalities require that we reconstruct a diffusion coefficient σ(x) for xX, a bounded domain in n, from knowledge of σ(x)|u|2(x) for xX, where u is the solution to the elliptic equation σu=0 in X with u=f on X.

This inverse problem may be recast as a nonlinear equation, which formally takes the form of a 0-Laplacian. Whereas p-Laplacians with p>1 are well-studied variational elliptic nonlinear equations, p=1 is a limiting case with a convex but not strictly convex functional, and the case p<1 admits a variational formulation with a functional that is not convex. In this paper, we augment the equation for the 0-Laplacian with Cauchy data at the domain’s boundary, which results in a formally overdetermined, nonlinear hyperbolic equation.

This paper presents existence, uniqueness, and stability results for the Cauchy problem of the 0-Laplacian. In general, the diffusion coefficient σ(x) can be stably reconstructed only on a subset of X described as the domain of influence of the space-like part of the boundary X for an appropriate Lorentzian metric. Global reconstructions for specific geometries or based on the construction of appropriate complex geometric optics solutions are also analyzed.

Article information

Source
Anal. PDE, Volume 6, Number 4 (2013), 751-775.

Dates
Received: 3 April 2011
Revised: 18 December 2011
Accepted: 26 June 2012
First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2017

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.apde/1513731379

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2140/apde.2013.6.751

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR3092728

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1293.35360

Subjects
Primary: 35B38: Critical points 35R30: Inverse problems 35CXX 35L72: Quasilinear second-order hyperbolic equations

Keywords
hybrid inverse problems nonlinear hyperbolic equations power density internal functional

Citation

Bal, Guillaume. Cauchy problem for ultrasound-modulated EIT. Anal. PDE 6 (2013), no. 4, 751--775. doi:10.2140/apde.2013.6.751. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.apde/1513731379


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