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On Some Inverse Problems

Dedicated to Nicole DeLaittre

Summary

The inverse problems, which this book is about are the mathematical problems of recovering the coefficients of functional and differential systems of equations from data about their solutions. These problems are opposite in some sense to the forward problems of evaluating functions. The inverse problems are well suited for computer simulations and many classical and current mathematical problems can be restated with ease as inverse problems on graphs or manifolds. Also the context of the inverse problems provides a unified point of view on the work of many great mathematicians.

These are some of the man motivations for writing this book.

The study of inverse problems takes its roots from medical imaging, such as CT scans, X-rays and MRIs and oil & gas production industry. It was motivated by needs of non-destructive and non-intrusive methods for study of hidden objects such as human organs or Earth's natural resources.

The tools of study and solutions of the inverse problems considered in this book allow one to "see inside" the objects using data about the electro-magnetic fields and sound waves observed at the boundary or outside the object.

Even though we reference many mathematical areas in this book, it is practically self contained, and is intended for the use by a wide audience of people interested in the subject.

Basic definitions and background

/The inverse problems

/Solving polynomial equations

Rectangular directed layered grid

/Pascal triangle

Rectangular grids and gluing graphs

/Monodromy operator

Ordinary differential equations (ODEs)

/The Layered case and continued fractions

/Stieltjes continued fractions

A finite continued fraction is an expression of the form

${\displaystyle b(z)=a_{n}z+{\cfrac {1}{a_{n-1}z+{\cfrac {1}{\ddots +{\cfrac {1}{a_{1}z}}}}}},}$

/Blaschke products

Let a_i be a set of points in the complex unit disc. The corresponding Blaschke product is defined as

${\displaystyle B(z)=\prod _{n}{\frac {|a_{i}|}{a_{i}}}\;{\frac {a_{i}-z}{1-{\overline {a_{i}}}z}}.}$

If the set of points is finite, the function defines the n-to-1 map of the unit disc onto itself,

${\displaystyle f:\mathbb {D} \to ^{n-1}\mathbb {D} ,}$

where n is the number of points.

If the set of points is infinite, the product converges and defines an automorphism of the complex unit disc, given the Blaschke condition

${\displaystyle \sum _{n}(1-|a_{n}|)<\infty .}$

/Solution of the layered inverse problem

Rotation invariant layered networks

A. Elementary symmetric functions and permutations
B. Continued fractions and interlacing properties of zeros of polynomials
C. Wave-particle duality and identities involving integrals of paths in a graph and its Laplacian eigenvalues
D. Square root and finite-differences


Given the Dirichlet-to-Neumann map of a layered network, find the eigenvalues and the interpolate, calculate the Blaschke product and continued fraction. That gives the conductivities of the layers.

/The square root of the minus Laplacian

We will now consider an important special case of the inverse problem

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Wikipedia for ... Many thanks to the students of the REU summer school on inverse problems at the UW.