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An inverse scattering problem to reconstruct refractive index distributions

Kannan, Narasimhan (2019) An inverse scattering problem to reconstruct refractive index distributions.

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Abstract:Optical tomography is used for noninvasive imaging of biological samples in microscopy. Light propagation in complex media is a difficult process to analyze and control. A key challenge is to identify a significant parameter which describes the inhomogeneous scattering in tissue, called the refractive index. In literature it has been shown numerically that one can reconstruct the refractive index distribution via a beam propagation model and convex optimization. Major obstacles for accurate reconstruc- tion are an increasing sample depth and a limited field of view. Hence, it is essential to tackle the ill-posedness and nonlinear dependence in the refractive index estimation. This thesis introduces regularized variational methods for the non-convex refractive index estima- tion problem. To achieve accurate reconstructions, state-of-the-art stochastic and non-convex splitting methods are introduced for this problem and compared in realistic numerical simulations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:31 mathematics, 33 physics
Programme:Applied Mathematics MSc (60348)
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