Retrieval of acoustic sources from multi-frequency phaseless data

Deyue Zhang, Yukun Guo, Jingzhi Li, Hongyu LIU*

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This paper is concerned with the inverse source problem of reconstructing an unknown acoustic excitation from phaseless measurements of the radiated fields away at multiple frequencies. It is well known that the non-uniqueness issue is a major challenge associated with such an inverse problem. We develop a novel strategy to overcome this challenging problem by recovering the radiated fields via adding some reference point sources as extra artificial sources to the inverse source system. This novel reference source technique requires only a few extra data, and brings in a simple phase retrieval formula. The stability of this phase retrieval approach is rigorously analyzed. After the reacquisition of the phase information, the multi-frequency inverse source problem with recovered phase information is solved by the Fourier method, which is non-iterative, fast and easy to implement. Several numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094001
JournalInverse Problems
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Signal Processing
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Fourier method
  • inverse source problem
  • phase retrieval
  • phaseless data
  • reference source


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