Inverse scattering problems in optics / edited by H. P. Baltes ; with contributions by M. Bertero [and twelve others] ; with a foreword by R. Jost.

1st ed. 1980.
  • Berlin ; Heidelberg ; New York : Springer-Verlag, [1980]
  • ©1980
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When, in the spring of 1979, H.P. Baltes presented me with the precursor of this vo 1 ume, the book on "Inverse Source Problems in Opti cs", I expressed my gratitude in a short note, 11hich in translation, reads: "Dear Dr. Ba ltes, the mere titl e of your unexpected gift evokes memori es of a period, which, in the terminology of your own contribution, would be described as the Stone Age of the Inverse Problem. Those were pleasant times. Walter Kohn and I lived in a cave by ourselves, drew pictures on the walls, and nobody seemed to care. Now, however, Inversion has become an Industry, which I contemplate with as much bewilderment as a surviving Tasmanian aborigine gazing at a modern oil refinery with its towers, its fl ares, and the confus i ng maze of its tubes." The present volume makes me feel even more aboriginal - impossible for me to fathom its content. What I can point out, however, is one of the forgotten origins of the Inverse Scattering Problem of Quantum Mechanics: Werner Heisenberg's "S-Matrix Theory" of 1943. This grandiose scheme had the purpose of eliminating the notion of the Hamiltonian in favour of the scattering operator. If Successful, it would have done away once and for all with any kind of inverse problem.
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  • 1. Progress in Inverse Optical Problems
  • 1.1 Inverse Problems in Optics and Elsewhere
  • 1.2 Survey of Recent Results
  • 1.3 Construction of Lambertian Scatterers
  • 1.4 Organization of this Volume
  • References
  • 2. The Inverse Scattering Problem in Structural Determinations
  • 2.1 Philosophical Background
  • 2.2 The Direct Scattering Problem
  • 2.3 Analytic Description and Properties of Scattered Fields
  • 2.4 The Deterministic Problem
  • 2.5 The Statistical Problem
  • 2.6 Conclusions
  • 3. Photon-Counting Statistics of Optical Scintillation
  • 3.1 Introductory Remarks
  • 3.2 Photon-Counting Statistics
  • 3.3 Scattering Theory
  • 3.4 Limit Distributions in the Random Walk Problem
  • 3.5 Experiments
  • 3.6 Concluding Remarks
  • 4. Microscopic Models of Photodetection
  • 4.1 Photoelectron and Photon Statistics
  • 4.2 Models for Ideal Detection — a Review
  • 4.3 Open-System Detection Scheme
  • 4.4 Disturbing Effects
  • 4.5 Temperature Effects in Photodetection
  • 4.6 Summary of Statistical Methods
  • 4.7 The Statistical Description of Open Systems
  • 5. The Stability of Inverse Problems
  • 5.1 Ill-Posedness in Inverse Problems
  • 5.2 Regularization Theory
  • 5.3 Optimum Filtering
  • 5.4 Linear Inverse Problems in Optics
  • 6. Combustion Diagnostics by Multiangular Absorption
  • 6.1 Absorption in Homogeneous Media
  • 6.2 Multiangular Scanning
  • 6.3 The Reconstruction Procedure
  • 6.4 Experimental Aspects
  • 7. Polarization Utilization in Electromagnetic Inverse Scattering
  • 7.1 Scope
  • 7.2 The Vector Diffraction Integral, Its Far-Field Approximations, and Some Tauberian Relations
  • 7.3 The Radar Scattering and Target Polarization Matrices
  • 7.4 Inverse Scattering Theories in Various Electromagnetic Frequency Regimes
  • 7.5 Vector Holography and Polarization Utilization
  • 7.6 Conclusions
  • Additional References with Titles.
  • 10.1007/978-3-642-81472-3
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