We consider both a direct and an inverse problem of photon transport in an interstellar cloud with a point photon source. By using a non-rigorous (but physically reasonable) procedure, we prove that the direct problem has a unique solution and that the inverse problem also has a unique solution, under the assumptions that a single value of the photon far-field is known and the scattering cross-section is suitably small. Finally, we show in a rigorous way that the direct problem has a unique distributional solution if the point source is modelled by a Dirac δ functional.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Analysis and Applications|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
- photon transport
- direct and inverse problems
- distributional solutions
- numerical mathematics