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Singular Values of the Attenuated Photoacoustic Imaging Operator

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:00am - 9:50am
Keller 3-180
Otmar Scherzer (University of Vienna )
We analyse the ill-posedness of the photoacoustic imaging problem in the case of an attenuating medium. To this end, we introduce an attenuated photoacoustic operator and determine the asymptotic behavior of its singular values. Dividing the known attenuation models into strong and weak attenuation classes, we show that for strong attenuation, the singular values of the attenuated photoacoustic operator decay exponentially, and in the weak attenuation case the singular values of the attenuated photoacoustic operator decay with the same rate as the singular values of the non-attenuated photoacoustic operator. This is joint work with P. Elbau and C.Shi (University of Vienna, Austria).