Abstract

A new approach for quantitative electromagnetic imaging of scatterers located in free space from phaseless data is proposed and discussed. The procedure splits the problem into two steps. In the first one, we solve a phase-retrieval problem for the total field, thus estimating the amplitude and phase of the scattered field. Careful analysis of properties and possible representations of both scattered and incident fields allow us to introduce a criterion for an optimal choice of the measurement setup and a successful retrieval. Then the complex permittivity profile is reconstructed in the second step by use of the estimated scattered field. Numerical examples are provided to check the whole chain in the presence of noise-corrupted data.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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