WIAS Preprint No. 1549, (2010)

Inverse scattering of electromagnetic waves by multilayered structures: Uniqueness in TM mode


  • Elschner, Johannes
  • Hu, Guanghui

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35R30 78A46


  • Inverse electromagnetic scattering, uniqueness, piecewise homogeneous medium, TM mode, periodic structure




Assume a time-harmonic electromagnetic wave is scattered by an infinitely long cylindrical conductor surrounded by an unknown piecewise homogenous medium remaining invariant along the cylinder axis. We prove that, in TM mode, the far field patterns for all observation directions at a fixed frequency uniquely determine the unknown surrounding medium as well as the shape of the cylindrical conductor. A similar uniqueness result is obtained for the scattering by multilayered penetrable periodic structures in a piecewise homogenous medium. The periodic interfaces and refractive indices can be uniquely identified from the near field data measured only above (or below) the structure for all quasi-periodic incident waves with a fixed phase-shift. The proofs are based on the singularity of the Green function to a two dimensional elliptic equation with piecewise constant leading coefficients.

Appeared in

  • Inverse Probl. Imaging, 5 (2011) pp. 793--813.

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