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Section: New Results

Qualitative and quantitative methods for inverse problems

Differential tomography of micromechanical evolution in elastic materials of unknown micro/macrostructure

H. haddar and F. Pourahmadian

Differential evolution indicators are introduced for 3D spatiotemporal imaging of micromechanical processes in complex materials where progressive variations due to manufacturing and/or aging are housed in a highly scattering background of a-priori unknown or uncertain structure. In this vein, a three-tier imaging platform is established where: (1) the domain is periodically (or continuously) subject to illumination and sensing in an arbitrary configuration; (2) sequential sets of measured data are deployed to distill segment-wise scattering signatures of the domain's internal structure through carefully constructed, non-iterative solutions to the scattering equation; and (3) the resulting solution sequence is then used to rigorously construct an imaging functional carrying appropriate invariance with respect to the unknown stationary components of the background e.g., pre-existing interstitial boundaries and bubbles. This gives birth to differential indicators that specifically recover the 3D support of micromechanical evolution within a network of unknown scatterers. The direct scattering problem is formulated in the frequency domain where the background is comprised of a random distribution of monolithic fragments. The constituents are connected via highly heterogeneous interfaces of unknown elasticity and dissipation which are subject to spatiotemporal evolution. The support of internal boundaries are sequentially illuminated by a set of incident waves and thusinduced scattered fields are captured over a generic observation surface. The performance of the proposed imaging indicator is illustrated through a set of numerical experiments for spatiotemporal reconstruction of progressive damage zones featuring randomly distributed cracks and bubbles [35].

Microwave tomographic imaging of cerebrovascular accidents by using high-performance computing

P.-H. Tournier, I. Aliferis, M. Bonazzoli, M. De Buhan, M. Darbas, V. Dolean, F. Hecht, P. Jolivet, I. El Kanfoud, C. Migliaccio, F. Nataf, C. Pichot, S. Semenov

The motivation of this work is the detection of cerebrovascular accidents by microwave tomographic imaging. This requires the solution of an inverse problem relying on a minimization algorithm (for example, gradient-based), where successive iterations consist in repeated solutions of a direct problem. The reconstruction algorithm is extremely computationally intensive and makes use of efficient parallel algorithms and high-performance computing. The feasibility of this type of imaging is conditioned on one hand by an accurate reconstruction of the material properties of the propagation medium and on the other hand by a considerable reduction in simulation time. Fulfilling these two requirements will enable a very rapid and accurate diagnosis. From the mathematical and numerical point of view, this means solving Maxwell’s equations in time-harmonic regime by appropriate domain decomposition methods, which are naturally adapted to parallel architectures [20].

A Factorization Method for Inverse Time Domain Obstacles with Impedance Boundary Conditions

H. Haddar and X. Liu

We develop a factorization method to obtain explicit characterization of a (possibly non-convex) impedance scattering object from measurements of time-dependent causal scattered waves in the far field regime. In particular, we prove that far fields of solutions to the wave equation due to particularly modified incident waves, characterize the obstacle by a range criterion involving the square root of the time derivative of the corresponding far field operator. Our analysis makes essential use of a coercivity property of the solution of the initial boundary value problem for the wave equation in the Laplace domain. This forces us to consider this particular modification of the far field operator. The latter in fact, can be chosen arbitrarily close to the true far field operator given in terms of physical measurements. We provide validating numerical examples in 2D on synthetic data. The latter is generated using a FDTD solver with PML. An article on this topic is under preparation.

A robust Expectation-Maximization method for the interpretation of small angle scattering data on dense nanoparticle samples

M. Bakry, H. Haddar and O. Bunau

The Local Monodisperse Approximation (LMA) is a two-parameters model commonly employed for the retrieval of size distributions from the small angle scattering (SAS) patterns obtained on dense nanoparticle samples (e.g. dry powders and concentrated solutions). This work features an original, beyond state-of-the-art implementation of the LMA model resolution for the inverse scattering problem. Our method is based on the Expectation Maximization iterative algorithm and is free from any fine tuning of model parameters. The application of our method on SAS data acquired in laboratory conditions on dense nanoparticle samples is shown to provide very good results [2].

Factorization Method for Imaging a Local Perturbation in Inhomogeneous Periodic Layers from Far Field Measurements

H. Haddar and A. Konschin

We analyze the Factorization method to reconstruct the geometry of a local defect in a periodic absorbing layer using almost only incident plane waves at a fixed frequency. A crucial part of our analysis relies on the consideration of the range of a carefully designed far field operator, which characterizes the geometry of the defect. We further provide some validating numerical results in a two dimensional setting [9].

Shape reconstruction of deposits inside a steam generator using eddy current measurements

L. Audibert, H. Girardon and H. Haddar

Non-destructive testing is an essential tool to assess the safety of the facilities within nuclear plants. In particular, conductive deposits on U-tubes in steam generators constitute a major danger as they may block the cooling loop. To detect these deposits, eddy-current probes are introduced inside the U-tubes to generate currents and measuring back an impedance signal. Based on earlier work on this subject, we develop a shape optimization technique with regularized gradient descent to invert these measurements and recover the deposit shape. To deal with the unknown, and possibly complex, topological nature of the latter, we propose to model it using a level set function. The methodology is first validated on synthetic axisymmetric configurations and fast convergence in ensured by careful adaptation of the gradient steps and regularization parameters. We then consider a more realistic modeling that incorporates the support plate and the presence of imperfections on the tube interior section. We employ in particular an asymptotic model to take into account these imperfections and treat them as additional unknowns in our inverse problem. A multi-objective optimization strategy, based on the use of different operating frequencies, is then developed to solve this problem. Various numerical experimentation with synthetic data demonstrated the viability of our approach. The approach is also successfully validated against experimental data. An article on this topic is under preparation.

On quasi-reversibility solutions to the Cauchy problem for the Laplace equation: regularity and error estimates

L. Bourgeois, L. Chesnel

We are interested in the classical ill-posed Cauchy problem for the Laplace equation. One method to approximate the solution associated with compatible data consists in considering a family of regularized well-posed problems depending on a small parameter ε>0. In this context, in order to prove convergence of finite elements methods, it is necessary to get regularity results of the solutions to these regularized problems which hold uniformly in ε. In the present work, we obtain these results in smooth domains and in 2D polygonal geometries. In presence of corners, due the particular structure of the regularized problems, classical techniques à la Grisvard do not work and instead, we apply the Kondratiev approach. We describe the procedure in detail to keep track of the dependence in ε in all the estimates. The main originality of this study lies in the fact that the limit problem is ill-posed in any framework [4].

Data Completion Method For the Helmholtz Equation Via Surface Potentials for Partial Cauchy Data

M. Aussal, Y. Boukari and H. Haddar

We propose and study a data completion algorithm for recovering missing data from the knowledge of Cauchy data on parts of the same boundary. The algorithm is based on surface representation of the solution and is presented for the Helmholtz equation. This work is an extension of the data completion algorithm proposed by the two last authors where the case of data available of a closed boundary was studied. The proposed method is a direct inversion method robust with respect to noisy incompatible data. Classical regularization methods with discrepancy selection principles can be employed and automatically lead to a convergent schemes as the noise level goes to zero. We conduct 3D numerical investigations to validate our method on various synthetic examples [31].