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2009/01/30

16:15-17:15   Room #370 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
F. Cakoni (University of Delaware)
Faber-Krahn Type Inequalities in Inverse Scattering Theory
[ Abstract ]
We first consider the scattering of time harmonic plane waves by a perfectly conducting infinite cylinder of cross section D. We observe that the Dirichlet eigenvalues for the Laplacian in D can be determined from the far field pattern of the scattered wave and hence from the Faber-Krahn inequality we can obtain a lower bound for the area of D. We then consider the corresponding problem for a dielectric medium. Here we observe that a relatively new type of spectra called transmission eigenvalues can be determined from the far field pattern of the scattered wave and show that transmission eigenvalues exist and form a discrete set. We then obtain a Faber-Krahn type inequality for transmission eigenvalues which, if D is known, provide a lower bound on the index of refraction n(x). Of special interest is the case when cavities may be present,i.e. regions where n(x)=1.We consider both isotropic and anisotropic materials.