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Integral Equation Methods in Inverse Scattering Theory Click on picture to view full-size image Integral Equation Methods in Inverse Scattering Theory

David Colton and Rainer Kress

Classics in Applied Mathematics 72

This classic book provides a rigorous treatment of the Riesz–Fredholm theory of compact operators in dual systems, followed by a derivation of the jump relations and mapping properties of scalar and vector potentials in spaces of continuous and Hölder continuous functions. These results are then used to study scattering problems for the Helmholtz and Maxwell equations.

Readers will benefit from
• a full discussion of the mapping properties of scalar and vector potentials in spaces of continuous and Hölder continuous functions,
• an in-depth treatment of the use of boundary integral equations to solve scattering problems for acoustic and electromagnetic waves, and
• an introduction to inverse scattering theory with an emphasis on the ill-posedness and nonlinearity of the inverse scattering problem.

Integral Equation Methods in Scattering Theory can be used as a supplemental text in a graduate course on scattering theory or inverse problems and will also be of interest to research scientists in mathematics, physics, and engineering.

About the Authors
David Colton is Unidel Professor of Mathematics at the University of Delaware. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including The Linear Sampling Method in Inverse Electromagnetic Scattering (SIAM, 2011), written with Fioralba Cakoni and Peter Monk.

Rainer Kress is a Full Professor of Numerical and Applied Mathematics at the University of Göttingen. He has been a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences since 1995 and professor emeritus since 2010. He is the author or coauthor of five books.

Preface to the Classics Edition;
Chapter 1: The Riesz-Fredholm Theory for Compact Operators;
Chapter 2: Regularity Properties of Surface Potentials;
Chapter 3: Boundary-Value Problems for the Scalar Helmholtz Equation;
Chapter 4: Boundary-Value Problems for the Time-Harmonic Maxwell Equations and the Vector Helmholtz Equation;
Chapter 5: Low Frequency Behavior of Solutions to Boundary-Value Problems in Scattering Theory;
Chapter 6: The Inverse Scattering Problem: Exact Data;
Chapter 7: Improperly Posed Problems and Compact Families;
Chapter 8: The Determination of the Shape of an Obstacle from Inexact Far-Field Data;
Chapter 9: Optimal Control Problems in Radiation and Scattering Theory;

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integral equations, scattering theory

2013 / xvi + 271 pages / Softcover / 978-1-611973-15-0
List Price $92.00 / SIAM Member Price $64.40 / Order Code CL72
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