The inverse problem of estimating dielectric constants of explosives using boundary measurements of one component of the scattered electric field is addressed. It is formulated as a coefficient inverse problem for a hyperbolic differential equation. After applying the Laplace transform, a new cost functional is constructed and a variational problem is formulated. The key feature of this functional is the presence of the Carleman weight function for the Laplacian. The strict convexity of this functional on a bounded set in a Hilbert space of an arbitrary size is proven. This allows for establishing the global convergence of the gradient descent method. Some results of numerical experiments are presented.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Mathematics