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Wave scattering by small bodies of arbitrary shapes

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arXiv ID: math-ph/0011034
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In this paper we review the results of the author on the theory of scalar and vector wave scattering by small bodies of an arbitrary shape with the emphasis on practical applicability of the formulas obtained and on the mathematical rigor of the theory. For the scalar wave scattering by a single body, our main results can be described as follows: (1) Analytical formulas for the scattering amplitude for a small body of an arbitrary shape are obtained; dependence of the scattering amplitude on the boundary conditions is described. (2) An analytical formula for the scattering matrix for electromagnetic wave scattering by a small body of an arbitrary shape is given. Applications of these results are outlined (calculation of the properties of a rarefied medium; inverse radio measurement problem; formulas for the polarization tensors and capacitance). (3) The multi-particle scattering problem is analyzed and interaction of the scattered waves is taken into account. For the self-consistent field in a medium consisting of many particles ~ 10^{23}, integral-differential equations are found. The equations depend on the boundary conditions on the particle surfaces. These equations offer a possibility of solving the inverse problem of finding the medium properties from the scattering data. For about 5 to 10 bodies the fundamental integral equations of the theory can be solved numerically to study the interaction between the bodies.


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