An augmented time reversal method for source and scatterer identification

Daniel Rabinovich, Eli Turkel, Dan Givoli*

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We propose a computational method which improves the identification of sources and scatterers in a two-dimensional elastic medium using the Time Reversal (TR) technique. The identification procedure makes use of partial numerical data available at a small number of sensors. While in realistic applications these data are obtained by lab or field measurements, in the present work they are synthesized by solving the corresponding forward problem. We introduce an “augmentation” procedure that is utilized in addition to the TR technique and investigate its benefits. The augmentation procedure involves the solution of a suitable elliptic problem at selected time steps. In practice, one needs to solve, as a pre-process, a small number of “fundamental” elliptic problems which is equal to the number of measured quantities. A version of the augmentation procedure, which is easier to implement and involves almost no computational cost, is also presented. The local elastic energy in the domain is employed to decide whether the TR solution has properly refocused at the source. Cost functionals, whose minima are sought, are constructed for the source and scatterer identification problems. We conclude that augmentation improves the identification performance, in particular in the presence of noisy measurements. In some cases augmented TR succeeds in the identification whereas non-augmented TR fails.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-119
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2018


  • Elastodynamics
  • Inverse problems
  • Refocusing
  • Scatterer identification
  • Source identification
  • Time reversal


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