Abstract

Errors in discrete Abel inversion methods using Fourier transform techniques have been analyzed. The Fourier expansion method is very accurate but sensitive to noise. The Fourier–Hankel method has a significant systematic negative deviation, which increases with the radius; inversion error of the method can be reduced by adjusting the value of a factor. With a decrease of the factor both methods show a noise filtering property. Based on the analysis, a modified Fourier–Hankel method that is accurate, computationally efficient, and has the ability to filter noise in the inversion process is proposed for applying to experimental data.

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