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In this paper, we introduce a direct method for the inverse scattering problems in a periodic waveguide from near-field scattered data. The direct scattering problem is to simulate the point sources scattered by a sound-soft obstacle embedded in the periodic waveguide, and the aim of the inverse problem is to reconstruct the obstacle from the near-field data measured on line segments outside the obstacle. Firstly, we will approximate the scattered field by some solutions of a series of Dirichlet exterior problems, and then the shape of the obstacle can be deduced directly from the Dirichlet boundary condition. We will also show that the approximation procedure is reasonable as the solutions of the Dirichlet exterior problems are dense in the set of scattered fields. Finally, we will give several examples to show that this method works well for different periodic waveguides.

Consider the scattering of a time-harmonic plane wave by heterogeneous media consisting of linear or nonlinear point scatterers and extended obstacles. A generalized Foldy–Lax formulation is developed to take fully into account of the multiple scattering by the complex media. A new imaging function is proposed and an FFT-based direct imaging method is developed for the inverse obstacle scattering problem, which is to reconstruct the shape of the extended obstacles. The novel idea is to utilize the nonlinear point scatterers to excite high harmonic generation so that enhanced imaging resolution can be achieved. Numerical experiments are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

*robustly transitive*if there exist an isolating neighborhood $U$ of $\Lambda$ in $M$ and a $C^1$ neighborhood $\mathcal U$ of $S$ in $\mathcal X^1(M)$ such that for every $X\in\mathcal U$, the maximal invariant set of $X$ in $U$ is non-trivially transitive. Such a set $\Lambda$ is called

*singular*if it contains a singularity. The set $\Lambda$ is called

*strongly homogeneous*of index $i$, if there exist an isolating neighborhood $U$ of $\Lambda$ in $M$ and a $C^1$ neighborhood $\mathcal U$ of $S$ in $\mathcal X^1(M)$ such that all periodic orbits of all $X\in\mathcal U$ contained in $U$ have the same index $i$. We prove in this paper that any robustly transitive singular set that is strongly homogeneous must be partially hyperbolic, as long as the indices of singularities and periodic orbits fit in certain way. As corollaries we obtain that every robust singular attractor (or repeller) that is strongly homogeneous must be partially hyperbolic and, if dim$M\le 4$, every robustly transitive singular set that is strongly homogeneous must be partially hyperbolic. The main novelty of the proofs in this paper is an extension of the usual linear Poincaré flow "to singularities".

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