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Resolving Power of Algorithm for Solving the Coefficient Inverse Problem for the Geoelectric Equation
We considered the inverse coefficient problem for the geoelectric equation. For the purpose of research of the conditional stability of the inverse problem solution, we used integral formulation of the inverse geoelectric problem. By implementing the relevant norms and using the close system of Volterra integral equations, we managed to estimate the conditional stability of the solution of inverse problem or rather lower changes in input data imply lower changes in the solution (of the numerical method). When determining the additional information the device errors are possible. That is why this research is important for experimental studies with usage of ground penetrating radars.
Inverse problems for hyperbolic equations, in particular for the acoustics and geoelectrics, were investigated by many authors; notably, a detailed bibliography is given in the monography of Kabanikhin . We will present the main scientific results on this problem. Blagoveshchenskii applied Gelfand-Levitan method for proving the uniqueness of the solution of the inverse acoustic problem . Romanov proved a comparable theorem for the following equation : which is consolidated from the acoustic equation with well-known transformation (see ):
Numerical algorithm of inverse acoustic problem solving in the discrete case was given in work  for the first time.
He and Kabanikhin used the optimization method to solve the inverse problem for three-dimension acoustic equation .
Azamatov and Kabanikhin studied the conditional stability of the solution to Volterra operator equation in .
Problems of uniqueness of the inverse problem solution and set of numerical methods for solving the geoelectric equation were given in the monograph of Romanov and Kabanikhin .
For solving inverse acoustic problem in integral case formulation the estimation of the conditional stability in was obtained in the work of Kabanikhin et al. .
Further, in works [13, 14] for minimizing purposes they built and investigated a special form of the composite functional that allowed proving the following theorems in the space : the local correctness theorem, the correctness theorem of the inverse problem for small amount of data, and the correctness theorem in the envelope of the exact solution in .
Bukhgeim and Klibanov suggested using the method of Carleman estimates when proving uniqueness theorems of the coefficient inverse problems . A broad overview on the use of Carleman estimates in the theory of multidimension coefficient inverse problems is given in the work .
The problem of uniqueness of inverse problem solution for determination of the coefficients of the permittivity and conductivity for Maxwell’s equation system is considered in the work .
Approbation of the globally convergent numerical algorithm with the use of experimental radar data for determination of the permittivity is given in work . They presented an analysis of convergence of the method and it has been shown that the computed and real values of permittivity were in enough agreement. A wide range of globally convergent algorithms of solving a class of problems is described in work .
Comparative analysis of the classical equation methods and globally convergent numerical method of solving the coefficient inverse problems was given in work . These comparisons were performed for both computationally simulated and experimental data.
In the work  continuation problem from the time-like surface for the 2D Maxwell’s equation was considered. The gradient method for the continuation and coefficient inverse problem was explained. The results of computational experiment were presented.
In this research, following the methods which were described in the work , we obtained the estimation results of the conditional stability of the geoelectric equation in .
Herein after the second paragraph there is the conclusion of the main equations which were derived from the system of Maxwell’s equations .
In the third paragraph we had amplified the inverse problem for the geoelectric equation with data on characteristics. It allows us to obtain a close system of integral equations.
Finally, in the fourth paragraph, the implementation of the relevant class of input data functions and the class of solutions of the inverse problem allowed us to estimate the conditional stability of the inverse problem solution for the geoelectric equation.
2. Statement of the Problems
The propagation process of electromagnetic waves in a medium is described by Maxwell’s equations : Here and are the electric and magnetic fields intensity vectors; is dielectric permittivity of the medium; is magnetic permeability of the medium; is conductivity of the medium; is source of external currents.
Consider geophysical model of the medium consisting of two half spaces: —air; —earth.
Let the external current source take the following form: where is the function which describes the transversal dimension of the source; is Dirac delta function; and is Heaviside function.
Setting the external current in the form (4) makes it an instantaneous inclusion current, parallel to the axis at time scales of 10–50 ns (nanoseconds).
Using the definition of the curl we get finally from Maxwell’s equations
Assuming that the coefficients of Maxwell’s equations do not depend on the variable and are of the special choice of the source in the form (4), the system will retain only three nonzero components , , and . Excluding the last two components, the final equations are written such that
Condition (8) is taken as additional information (the response of the medium).
Condition (9) is unknown, but it is necessary for solving direct and inverse problems in a half space (earth).
In this situation we proceed as shown in , in the half space where we solve the direct problem by the known data , :
In the last system we consider known additional information (8) as a boundary condition for solving the direct problem in the area (air). This fact enables us to restrict the numerical solution of the inverse problem for the minimum possible size of the area in the plane .
In the air domain we have the following statement of the direct problem:
In the earth domain we have the following statement of the direct problem: Here is a Fourier parameter and ; ; and are Fourier images.
To study conditional stability of the inverse geoelectric problem, it is convenient to use the integral formulation.
Now we introduce the following notations: and and change the variables and functions:
In the future, we will get (19) without the derivative ; for this we assume that
Now we calculate derivatives as follows:
Grouped together, we obtain
Finally, we have
From (27) we have
3. Statement of the Problem with the Data on the Characteristics
In the domain we consider the inverse problem with data on the characteristics : Here
We deem that is an unknown function and the function is to be known.
Function is a solution to Volterra integral equation of the second kind:
Differentiating (37) with respect to we obtain
Differentiating both sides of the resulting equality with respect to gives
It is not difficult to see that the function satisfies Volterra integral equation of the second kind:
Taking this into account and the relation , we get
We write this system in vector form as follows: where where , Here
We deem that , if
Let , .
We define the scalar product and the norm as follows:
Inverse Problem. Find vector from (44) for given .
4. Conditional Stability
Studying , conditional stability is similar to that in  where it was done for the inverse acoustic problem.
We suppose , , , and to be known.
We define as the class of possible solutions of the inverse problem; namely, if satisfies the following conditions:(1),(2),(3).
We also define as the class of possible initial data; namely, if satisfies the following conditions:(1),(2),(3), .
Suppose that for there exist and from which solve the inverse problem: for , respectively.
We deem that the function is known and is unknown, . We write the early resulting closed system in the vector form as follows: where Here we denote .
Theorem 1. Suppose that, for , , there exist as the solution of the inverse problem as follows: Then where
Proof. We introduce
Then from (52) it follows that
In the vector equation (60) we estimate each component separately taking into account the obvious inequalities as follows: for , .
We obtain the chain of the inequalities: Using the obvious inequality we get Turning to the earlier introduced norms we have Here
We estimate the second component of (60):
Then we have
We estimate the third component of (60) and we have
Finally, for the fourth component of (60) we get the estimate
Estimating each term and substituting into (69) and using the obvious inequality we obtain
Now we combine all the obtained estimates for the four components (60) and denote, for convenience, and then and for function we obtain the following estimate: where .
Introduce a new function: where is constant.
Applying the Gronwall inequality we obtain
Then from (77) we obtain where the constant is given by (58).
An explicit expression for the constant as a result of successive computations is given by
The conditional stability of the inverse problem for the geoelectric equation has been investigated. For studying we consider the integral formulation of the inverse geoelectric problem. The estimation of the conditional stability of the inverse problem solution has been obtained or rather lower changes in input data imply lower changes in the solution (of the numerical method). When determining the additional information the device errors are possible. That is why this research is important for experimental studies with usage of ground penetrating radars. The inlet data belongs to the class , while the solution belongs to the class .
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
The work was supported by Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Grant no. 139 (69) OT 04.02.2014).
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