An iterative method for determining the shape and conductivity of a homogeneous inclusion in the two-dimensional electrical impedance tomography problem


  • S.V. Gavrilov Lomonosov Moscow State University



electrical impedance tomography, piecewise constant conductivity, iterative method, Tikhonov regularization method


The problem of electrical impedance tomography in a bounded two-dimensional domain with a piecewise two-valued constant electrical conductivity is considered. It is required to determine an unknown boundary between the regions of different conductivities and to obtain the conductivity in one of these regions using the input information on the electric field measured on the outer boundary of the domain. An iterative method for solving this problem is proposed. The corresponding numerical results are discussed.

Author Biography

S.V. Gavrilov


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How to Cite

Гаврилов С.В. An Iterative Method for Determining the Shape and Conductivity of a Homogeneous Inclusion in the Two-Dimensional Electrical Impedance Tomography Problem // Numerical Methods and Programming (Vychislitel’nye Metody i Programmirovanie). 2015. 16. 501-506. doi 10.26089/NumMet.v16r447



Section 1. Numerical methods and applications