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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Pure mathematics

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Applicationes Mathematicae (Submitted), Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences,


The paper briefly reviews formal methods and associated conditions for solving the forward and inverse Schrodinger scattering problem for a three-dimensional elastic scattering potential. These methods are based on an application of the Green's function and are conditional upon the properties of the scattering potential, e.g. that the scattering potential is a `weak scatterer'. In this paper, we explore an alternative route to solving the problem which depends on properties imposed on the scattered wavefield rather than the scattering potential. In particular, we explore the case when the gradient of the scattered wavefield is weak relative to its frequency. An inverse scattering solution is then derived from which iterative forward scattering solutions can be formulated. The properties of this solution are studied including various simplifications that can be made and the conditions upon which they rely. This includes a phase only condition that is used to compute the Rutherford scattering cross-section with a second order correction. Finally, it is shown how the approach can be applied to the relativistic case when the scattering problem is determined by the Klein-Gordon equation and for electromagnetic scattering problems that are based on the inhomogeneous Helmholtz equation.