Thu, 23 July, 2009, 09:00-10:00, C1
We first consider the scattering of time harmonic plane waves by a perfectly conducting infinite cylinder of cross section D. We observe that the Dirichlet eigenvalues for the Laplacian in D can be determined from the far field pattern of the scattered wave and hence from the Faber-Krahn inequality we can obtain a lower bound for the area of D. We then consider the corresponding problem for a dielectric cylinder. Here we observe that a relatively new type of spectra called transmission eigenvalues can be determined from the far field pattern of the scattered wave and show that transmission eigenvalues exist and form a discrete set. We then obtain a Faber-Krahn type inequality for transmission eigenvalues which,if D is known, provide a lower bound on the index of refraction n(x). Of special interest is the case when cavities may be present,i.e. regions where n(x)=1.We consider both isotropic and anisotropic materials.
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