scattering and inverse scattering in one-dimensional nonhomogeneous media
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The wave propagation in a one-dimensional nonhomogeneous medium is considered, where the wave speed and the restoring force depend on location. In the frequency domain this is equivalent to the Schrodinger equation d2-psi/dx2 + k2-psi = k2P(x)psi + Q(x)psi with an added potential proportional to energy. The scattering and bound-state solutions of this equation are studied and the properties of the scattering matrix are obtained; the inverse scattering problem of recovering the restoring force when the wave speed and the scattering data are known are also solved.