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# Remarks on the Phaseless Inverse Uniqueness of a Three-Dimensional Schrödinger Scattering Problem

**Academic Editor:**Ricardo Weder

#### Abstract

We consider the inverse scattering theory of the Schrödinger equation. The inverse problem is to identify the potential scatterer by the scattered waves measured in the far-fields. In some micro/nanostructures, it is impractical to measure the phase information of the scattered wave field emitted from the source. We study the asymptotic behavior of the scattering amplitudes/intensity from the linearization theory of the scattered wave fields. The inverse uniqueness of the scattered waves is reduced to the inverse uniqueness of the analytic function. We deduce the uniqueness of the Schrödinger potential via the identity theorems in complex analysis.

#### 1. Introduction

In this paper, we study the scattering problem of the Schrödinger equation given byin which the nonzero is the Schrödinger potential, is the source point, , andThe perturbation is defined insidewith boundary . In this paper, we assumeIt is shown in Klibanov and Romanov [1] that problem (1) has a solution in , for all . The phaseless inverse scattering problem (PISP) [1–6] is to find the Schrödinger potential if the information is given or partially given on the following types of scattering data measured in far-fields:We call the inverse problem given (5) the phaseless inverse scattering problem of type 1 and (6) type 2. This is a long-standing open problem in the inverse scattering theory of quantum mechanics [7–11], and the breakthrough is made in a series of papers by Klibanov and Romanov [1–6, 12]. The problem is typical in quantum mechanics and in the study of nano/microstructures when it is impractical to measure the phase of the scattered waves or the signals. The problem is also common in the inverse problems in micro/nanostructures, for example, electron microscopy, crystallography, medical imaging, and nanooptics. In crystallography, the phase information of a scattered wave field may be recovered if the intensity pattern at and between the Bragg peaks of diffracted wave is finely measured [13]. Additionally, due to the quality of many optical equipment and lens-like devices, the measurements may suffer from very serious optical aberration when the index of refraction is close to one. The engineering economy is that the phase retrieval algorithms may not be limited by the quality of the optical equipment. In astronomy, the research objects are usually distant stars, which are optically incoherent sources. In the cases of incoherent waves, the phase is stochastic. Hence, the optical signal is received/conceived as the intensity of the light, the square modulus of the complex-valued wave field, or the square modulus of the related Fourier transform. Moreover, the measurements usually are inflicted with very serious optical aberration caused either by atmospheric turbulence or by the imperfection of the optical imaging system. Thus, we ask if it is sufficient to reconstruct the scatterer/image source using only the intensity of the scattered wave fields or the signals.

Let us state two inverse uniqueness results in this paper.

Theorem 1. *Let be the square modulus of the complex-valued scattered wave field generated by Schrödinger potential , . If for all in a neighborhood intersected with real axis; then .*

Theorem 2. *Let be the square modulus of the complex-valued total scattered wave field generated by potential , . If for all in a neighborhood intersected with real axis; then .*

Here we provide similar results to the ones in [1, 6]. The neighborhood alternatively can be replaced by any accumulation point in the lower half complex plane or anywhere away from the poles of , and the source point is fixed on . The advantage in this paper is that the argument does not rely on the Blaschke product of certain zero set.

Theorem 3. *The total wave field generated by potential each has at most a finite number of zeros for each fixed . If and share the same zero set for each fixed , say, , then .*

For problem PISP 2, we will demonstrate later that the total wave behaves asymptotically as an exponential function for large in the complex plane. We seek to apply the identity theorems in complex analysis to carry on the arguments. For PISP 1, the oscillation frequency of the scattered wave field is connected to the spectral invariant in the form of the Radon transform in analysis. In [1], it is shown that if is provided for , the Schrödinger potential can be reconstructed from the inverse Radon transform of . In particular, the inverse existence and uniqueness on the potential are proved. In Theorem 1, we prove uniqueness by the information provided in a finite neighborhood of frequencies, and the existence follows accordingly. The proof of Theorem 1 is again the application of the spectral invariant .

In the last section, we discuss the inverse problem when only the phase information of the scattered wave fields is provided. It has been discussed in [14, 15].

In the real-world applications, the measured data is taken in real-valued frequencies. In Appendix, we discuss the inverse uniqueness when provided with only the measured data on the real axis. The mechanism is due to the Nevanlinna-Levin type of integral representation theorem.

#### 2. Preliminaries

The fundamental element is the asymptotics [1, ]in which is the straight line connecting and , and is the arc length. We extend the property into the lower half complex plane in the following lemma for the sake of a complex analysis [16].

Lemma 4 (Klibanov and Romanov). *There exists some constant such that the following asymptotics holds in *

*Proof. *We review the fundamental solution of the hyperbolic equation [1, ]In particular,in which is the Heaviside function and has the short-time behaviorMoreover, the solution of (9) satisfies the following properties. There exist constants and depending on such thatfor any .

LetFrom the theory of [1, 5, 17], we note that is the solution of (1). Thus, we deduce from (1), (10), (12), (13), and (14) thatin which the last term could be of exponential growth for . For fixed and fixed , we deduce from the Riemann-Lebesgue lemma thatThe lemma is thus proven.

For far-field behavior, we havewhich holds uniformly for all , , and is known as the scattering amplitude in the literature [8, 10, 18, 19]. In this paper, we adopt the convention that is defined analytically in and extended meromorphically from to . To avoid the poles of , we analyze the problem in .

Lemma 5. *The scattered wave field in (17) is defined meromorphically in with poles in , except for a finite number of purely imaginary ’s that are the negative eigenvalues of (1). In particular, the poles of are located as the mirror images of its zeros to the real axis.*

*Proof. *This is well-known in scattering theory. Let us refer to [18–21] and in particular a few brief comments on the analytic structure of the scattering matrix in [20, Introduction]. There are only finitely many poles located in the lower half complex plane.

#### 3. A Proof of Theorem 1

Let be the scattered wave field induced by the Schrödinger potential , andWe start with the assumption in Theorem 1; that is,For each fixed and , , the functionis real-analytic in by avoiding the poles mentioned in Lemma 5. Hence, we extend the identity to a strip containing . We writein which the constant is specified in (13) and . Moreover, for each fixed and , , is analytic in . Thus, the identity (19) holds inwith possibly finite exception of poles. From (19) and (22), we deduce thatAccordingly, and have identical zero set in , and therein is analytic. Thus,which is purely imaginary. From the Cauchy-Riemann equation in the theory of complex variable, we deduce that is a constant, say, . Therefore,From Lemma 4, we considerWe compare (25) and (26) for large to deduce thatfor each fixed pair under the assumption in Theorem 1.

For each line segment , we consider the inverse Radon transform [1, 4, 5]. For any number , we consider the following sets:where is the radius of the circle , . Let us try to parametrize in the setting of the Radon transform [22] on each .

We consider the outer unit normal vector to the line lying on the plane . For each fixed , we denote as the angle between normal vector and -axis. Then . For the third coordinate, we set to be the signed distance of to . It is clear that there is one-to-one correspondence between pairs and . That is, we can identify and by each other. Therefore, we can write for each fixed Thus, we derive the 2-dimensional Radon transformFrom (27) and the inverse uniqueness of the Radon transform [22], we deduce that on each fixed . Hence, we conclude that

#### 4. A Proof of Theorem 2

We start the total wave field , . Therefore,Hence,for in . From Rouché’s theorem in complex analysis, and have identical number of zeros in regions away from the origin. Hence, has only finitely many zeros near the origin. For , we apply the assumption in Theorem 2 to deduce thatwhich is again a purely imaginary function that extends to hold in in . Hence, we conclude that for some real constant . Now we apply (32) to obtainWe deduce that , and then . For each fixed line segment and , we apply the inverse Radon transform constructed in previous section and then prove .

#### 5. A Proof of Theorem 3

The total wave fields and have only finite number of zeros due to (32), from which we deduce thatFor each fixed , we denoteAccordingly, we consider the analytic functionWe apply the Phragmén-Lindelöf Theorem [23–25] to conclude that in . We repeat the argument in previous section to deduce that for the fixed . The theorem is thus proven.

#### 6. Phase Only Problem

The phase information of the scattered wave field or the Fourier transform plays a role in inverse problem [14, 15, 26]. In [15], two images are Fourier-transformed by swapping their phases which explains the importance of the phase information for image recovery.

Let us put the scattered wave fields in polar formIn this section, we consider the inverse problems involving with phase information and .

Theorem 6. *Let be the phase information regarding the scatter wave field generated by , . If for all in a neighborhood intersected with real axis, then , for some real constant .*

*Proof. *We begin with the logarithmic functionby theorem assumption. We note that it is purely* real* in . Moreover, is meromorphic in by (17) if is not identically zero. We deduce from the Cauchy-Riemann equation in the theory of complex variable that is a real constant, say, outside the possible poles in . Thus, we deduce that, outside some possible poles,Moreover, we apply Lemma 4 again to obtainHence, for each ,We repeat the inverse Radon transform argument in previous sections to conclude that .

In this case, the uniqueness is not available. We can carry out similar analysis to study total wave field .

Theorem 7. *Let be the phase information regarding the scattered total wave field generated by , . If for all in some neighborhood intersected with real axis, then .*

*Proof. *The proof is similar to Theorem 6. We repeat the proof of (40), (41), and (36) to deduceHere, we find . Then, and have the same zero set. It proves the theorem by repeating the argument in proving Theorem 3.

#### Appendix

#### Complex Analysis and the Nevanlinna-Levin Theorem

In the real-world applications, the scattered data are measured in real-valued frequencies. The assumption we have adopted so far is focused on the neighborhoods centered at real axis. In this appendix, we use complex analysis to relax the assumptions in Theorems 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7. The Fourier transforms (14) and (15) behave like exponential functions on many aspects. The integral representation theorem plays a role.

*Definition A.1. *Let be an entire function. Let . An entire function of is said to be a function of finite order if there exists a positive constant such that the inequalityis valid for all sufficiently large values of . The greatest lower bound of such numbers is called the* order* of the entire function . By the* type * of an entire function of order , we mean the greatest lower bound of positive number for which asymptotically we haveThat is,If , then we say is of normal type or mean type.

*Definition A.2. *Let be an integral function of finite order in the angle . We call the following quantity as the indicator function of the function :

The type of a function is connected to the maximal value of the indicator function. We state it as the following lemma.

Lemma A.3 (Ja Levin [24, p. 72]). *The maximum value of the indicator of the function on the interval is equal to the type of this function inside the angle .*

Lemma A.4. *The analytic function , , is bounded in the lower half complex plane.*

*Proof. *We recall (8); that is,Hence,which is bounded for negative .

We use the integral representation theorem due to Nevanlinna and Levin [23, 24, 27].

*Definition A.5. *Let be an analytic function in the upper half-plane. We say is a harmonic majorant of if , and is a harmonic function in the upper half-plane.

From Lemma A.4, the function is bounded in the lower half-plane. Thus, is bounded by a constant which is trivially harmonic.

Theorem A.6. *Let be an analytic function in , and let the function have a positive harmonic majorant in . Thenwhere are the zeros of in .*

*Proof. *We refer the proof to [27, p. 104] and the remark therein. We also refer more connection of the integral representation theorem to the other analytic properties of the function [27, p. 115, p. 116].

Theorem A.7. *If for in a neighborhood with fixed, then holds in .*

*Proof. *Given for all , the identity for the real-analytic functions extends to hold in real axis. Hence, we haveFor fixed , the type of , , is zero in by following Definitions A.1 and A.2, Lemmas A.3 and A.4. In (A.7), let us set . Therefore, we apply Theorem A.6 in to deducewhere and are the zeros of and , respectively, in the lower half-plane. That is,which is the absolute value of a rational function in .

From (A.8) and (A.10), we deduce thatMoreover, the identity extends to be valid up to discussed as in (22). The theorem is thus proven.

#### Competing Interests

The author declares that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this manuscript.

#### Acknowledgments

This author’s work is supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, NSC 99-2115-M-194-004.

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