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A quasi-boundary value regularization method for identifying an unknown source in the Poisson equation
© Yang et al.; licensee Springer. 2014
- Received: 15 October 2013
- Accepted: 7 March 2014
- Published: 20 March 2014
In this paper, we consider the problem for identifying the unknown source in the Poisson equation in a half unbounded domain. A conditional stability result is given and a quasi-boundary value regularization method is presented to deal with this problem. For the regularization solution, the Hölder type stability estimate between the regularization solution and the exact solution is given. Numerical results are presented to illustrate the accuracy and efficiency of this method.
MSC:35R25, 47A52, 35R30.
- ill-posed problem
- unknown source
- conditional stability
- quasi-boundary value
- Poisson equation
Inverse source problems arise in many branches of science and engineering, e.g. heat conduction, crack identification, electromagnetic theory, geophysical prospecting, and pollutant detection. For the heat source identification, there have been a large number of research results for different forms of heat source [1–9]. To the author’s knowledge, there were few papers for identifying an unknown source in the Poisson equation using the regularization method. In , the authors identified the unknown point source with the logarithmic potential. In , the author identified the unknown point source using the projective method. In , the authors identified the unknown point source using the Green’s function. In [13, 14], the authors identified the unknown source dependent only on one variable using the dual reciprocity method. In , the authors identified the unknown source dependent only on one variable using the method of fundamental solution. But by the regularization method, there are a few papers with strict theoretical analysis on identifying the unknown source.
where the constant represents a noise level of input data.
The problem (1.1) is ill-posed, i.e., the solution (if it exists) does not depend continuously on the data. One way to solve an ill-posed problem is by perturbing it into a well-posed one. Many perturbing techniques have been proposed, including a biharmonic regularization developed by Lattés and Lions in , a pseudo-parabolic regularization proposed by Showalter and Ting in , a stabilized quasi-reversibility proposed by Miller in , the method of quasi-reversibility proposed by Mel’nikova in , a hyperbolic regularization proposed by Ames and Cobb in , the Gajewski and Zacharias quasi-reversibility proposed by Huang and Zheng in , a quasi-boundary value method by Denche and Bessila in , and an optimal regularization proposed by Boussetila and Rebbani in . It appears that Showalter in  was the first who used the quasi-boundary value regularization method to consider the backward heat conduction problem. In , the authors used the quasi-boundary-value method to consider the Cauchy problem for elliptic equations with nonhomogeneous Neumann data. In this paper, we use the quasi-boundary value regularization method to identify the unknown source for the Poisson equation.
The outline of the paper is as follows. Section 2 gives an analysis on the ill-posedness of this inverse problem and some auxiliary results. Section 3 gives a regularization solution and error estimation. Section 4 gives some examples to illustrate the accuracy and efficiency of this method. Section 5 puts an end to this paper with a brief conclusion.
be the Fourier transform of the function .
Now we give some lemmas which are very useful for our main conclusion.
The proof of (2.8) is separated into three cases.
Combining (2.10) with (2.12), (2.13) and (2.14), the inequality (2.8) holds. □
Since the problem (1.1) is linear, stability estimates can be derived by estimating the size of solutions to the corresponding homogeneous problem. We establish the stability estimate for the problem (1.1).
From (3.3), it is obvious that when . However, this conditional stability result cannot ensure the stability of numerical computation with noisy data. We must use the regularization method to deal with this ill-posed problem.
Note that for small β, is close to . On the other hand, if becomes large, is bounded. So is considered as an approximation of .
Now we will give an error estimate between the regularization solution and the exact solution by the following theorem.
In this section, we present three numerical examples to illustrate the usefulness of the proposed method. The numerical examples were constructed in the following way: First we selected the source function , and we obtained the exact data function by solving the direct problem. Then we added a normally distributed perturbation to each data function and obtained vectors . Finally we obtained the regularization solution by solving the inverse problem.
In the following, we first give an example which has the exact expression of the solutions .
Moreover, we need to make the vector periodical  and then we take the discrete Fourier transform for the vector . The approximation of the regularization solution are computed by using the fast Fourier transform algorithm  and the range of the variable x in the numerical experiment is .
In this paper, we identify an unknown source term depending only on one variable in two-dimensional Poisson equation. This problem is ill-posed, i.e., the solution (if it exists) does not depend on the input data. We obtained the stability estimate using the conditional stability. Moreover, using the quasi-boundary value regularization method, we obtain the regularization solution and the Hölder type error estimate between the exact solution and the regularization solution. According to , this Hölder type error estimate is order optimal.
The project is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11171136, No. 11261032), the Distinguished Young Scholars Fund of Lanzhou University of Technology (Q201015) and the Basic Scientific Research Business Expenses of Gansu Province College.
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