CODE  68646 

ACADEMIC YEAR  2022/2023 
CREDITS 

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR  MAT/08 
TEACHING LOCATION 

SEMESTER  2° Semester 
TEACHING MATERIALS  AULAWEB 
This course introduces students to the theory of wave propagation, both acoustic and electromagnetic, and to the resolution of direct and inverse scattering problems. In the direct scattering problem, by means of information about the source of the wave and the socalled scatterer (that is, the medium), the scattered wave has to be determined. In the inverse problem, from measurements of the scattered wave in an external domain, the sources and characteristics of the scatterer are determined.
The course aims to describe the modeling of sound waves in perfect fluids and of direct and inverse scattering problems.
The course allows students to understand the basic mathematical tools for the solution of direct and invers scattering problems, both acoustic and electromagnetic.
At the end of the course the student will have acquired sufficient theoretical knowledge:
• to identify and understand the main mathematical models of acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation, on the basis of the involved psychical models;
• to analyse and mathematically solve direct scattering problems, by computing analytical explicit solutions in the simplest cases, or approximated solution in more general contexts;
• to manage specific mathematical tools for solving wave propagation problems;
• to correctly treat the resolution of inverse problems associated with propagation models;
• to apply numericalcomputational tools to direct and inverse scattering problems, useful for a subsequent resolution in real applications
The teaching activity consists of traditional lectures, in which the subjects are introduced and explained in their classical theoretical setting.
Although attendance is optional, it is strongly recommended.
The program focuses on the following main topics:
Propagation of acoustic waves in perfect fluids, and subsequent introduction of the Euler equation on the mechanical quantities of pressure, velocity and density of the particles of the medium which the wave propagates in.
D’Alembert (or wave) equation (i.e., differential equation to partial derivatives, PDE), obtained from Euler equations by means of linearization.
Helmholtz equation (PDE): "DELTA u (x) + k ^ 2 (x) u (x) = 0", which characterizes all scattering problems, obtained as a simplification of the D'Alembert wave equation in the hypotheses of timeharmonicity.
Introduction and resolution of the (direct) scattering problem: to compute the (radiative propagating wave) solution u of the Helmholtz equation, for nonhomogeneous scatterer, such as an obstacle, represented by the note function k ^ 2 (x), with specific boundary conditions.
Analytical resolution of the Helmholtz equation (explicit in particular cases with simplifying symmetries, and in general by series expansion of appropriate basic functions).
Introduction and resolution of the inverse scattering (illposed) problem: to determine information on the scatterer, i.e., k ^ 2 (x), by means of the measurement of the scattered wave u on some domain (or ny means of its effects far from the obstacle, called far field pattern).
LipmannSchwinger integral formulation of the Helmholtz differential equation, and its resolution.
Study of electromagnetic scattering: differential approach and integral approach, through appropriate characterization of the Helmholtz equation and of the LipmannSchwinger equation.
Born approximation of the LipmannSchwinger equation, resolution by fixed point techniques, and approximation in the framework of physical optics approximation.
Analysis of the illposition of the inverse problem and regularization approaches.
Qualitative (Linear Sampling Method) and quantitative methods for the approximate solution of the inverse problem.
In general, the notes taken during class lessons and some downloadable materials from the course web page are sufficient. Course handouts will be also given to the students. Any additional texts will be indicated during the lessons.
Office hours: By appointment via email.
Office hours: Office hours by appointment via email
CLAUDIO ESTATICO (President)
MICHELE PIANA
The class will start according to the academic calendar.
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The exam is oral
Students with DSA certification ("specific learning disabilities"), disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take account of individual learning arrangements and provide appropriate compensatory tools
The oral exam focuses on the theory, and aims to ascertain its understanding, also through the discussion of the analytical concepts and the examples.