Section: Research Program
Inverse scattering problems. The determination of the shape of an obstacle immersed in a fluid medium from some measurements of the scattered field in the presence of incident waves is an important problem in many technologies such as sonar, radar, geophysical exploration, medical imaging and nondestructive testing. Because of its nonlinear and ill-posed character, this inverse obstacle problem (IOP) is very difficult to solve, especially from a numerical viewpoint. The success of the reconstruction depends strongly on the quantity and quality of the measurements, especially on the aperture (range of observation angles) and the level of noise in the data. Moreover, in order to solve IOP, the understanding of the theory for the associated direct scattering problem and the mastery of the corresponding solution methods are fundamental. Magique-3d is involved in the mathematical and numerical analysis of a direct elasto-acoustic scattering problem and of an inverse obstacle scattering problem. More specifically, the purpose of this research axis is to propose a solution methodology for the IOP based on a regularized Newton-type method, known to be robust and efficient.
Depth Imaging in the context of DIP. The challenge of seismic imaging is to obtain an accurate representation of the subsurface from the solution of the full wave equation that is the best mathematical model according to the time reversibility of its solution. The Reverse Time Migration,  , is a technique for Imaging that is widely used in the industry. It is an iterative process based on the solution of a collection of wave equations. The high complexity of the propagation medium requires the use of advanced numerical methods, which allows one to solve several wave equations quickly and accurately. Magique-3D is involved in Depth Imaging by the way of a collaboration with TOTAL, in the framework of the research program DIP which has been jointly defined by researchers of Magique-3D and engineers of Total . In this context, Magique-3D develops new algorithms in order to improve the RTM.