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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Doctoral Dissertation


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Dr. Peter A. Perry


In 2014, Astala, Päivärinta, Reyes, and Siltanen conducted numerical experiments reconstructing a piecewise continuous conductivity. The algorithm of the shortcut method is based on the reconstruction algorithm due to Nachman, which assumes a priori that the conductivity is Hölder continuous. In this dissertation, we prove that, in the presence of infinite-precision data, this shortcut procedure accurately recovers the scattering transform of an essentially bounded conductivity, provided it is constant in a neighborhood of the boundary. In this setting, Nachman’s integral equations have a meaning and are still uniquely solvable.

To regularize the reconstruction, Astala et al. employ a high frequency cutoff of the scattering transform. We show that such scattering transforms correspond to Beltrami coefficients that are not compactly supported, but exhibit certain decay at infinity. For this class of Beltrami coefficients, we establish that the complex geometric optics solutions to the Beltrami equation exist and exhibit the same subexponential decay as described in the 2006 work of Astala and Päivärinta. This is a first step toward extending the inverse scattering map of Astala and Päivärinta to non-compactly supported conductivities.

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