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The recovery of a time-dependent point source in a linear transport equation: application to surface water pollution

Abstract : The aim of this paper is to localize the position of a point source and recover the history of its time-dependent intensity function that is both unknown and constitutes the right-hand side of a 1D linear transport equation. Assuming that the source intensity function vanishes before reaching the final control time, we prove that recording the state with respect to the time at two observation points framing the source region leads to the identification of the source position and the recovery of its intensity function in a unique manner. Note that at least one of the two observation points should be strategic. We establish an identification method that determines quasi-explicitly the source position and transforms the task of recovering its intensity function into solving directly a well-conditioned linear system. Some numerical experiments done on a variant of the water pollution BOD model are presented.
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Adel Hamdi. The recovery of a time-dependent point source in a linear transport equation: application to surface water pollution. Inverse Problems, IOP Publishing, 2009, 25 (7), pp.075006. ⟨10.1088/0266-5611/25/7/075006⟩. ⟨hal-02426750⟩

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