Visibility, invisibility and unique recovery of inverse electromagnetic problems with conical singularities

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationInverse Problems and Imaging
Publication statusOnline published - 23 Oct 2023


In this paper, we study time-harmonic electromagnetic scattering in two scenarios, where the anomalous scatterer is either a pair of electro-magnetic sources or an inhomogeneous medium, both with compact supports. We are mainly concerned with the geometrical inverse scattering problem of recovering the support of the scatterer, independent of its physical contents, by a single far-field measurement. It is assumed that the support of the scatterer (locally) possesses a conical singularity. We establish a local characterisation of the scatterer when invisibility/transparency occurs, showing that its charac-teristic parameters must vanish locally around the conical point. Using this characterisation, we establish several local and global uniqueness results for the aforementioned inverse scattering problems, showing that visibility must imply unique recovery. In the process, we also establish the local vanishing property of the electromagnetic transmission eigenfunctions around a conical point under the Holder regularity or a regularity condition in terms of Herglotz approximation.

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  • Electromagnetic waves, geometrical inverse scattering, conical singularity, invisibility and transparency, locally vanishing, unique recovery, single far-field measurement, transmission eigenfunctions