Efficient and Stable Acoustic Tomography Using Sparse Reconstruction Methods
We study an acoustic tomography problem and propose a new inversion technique based on sparsity. Acoustic tomography observes the parameters of the medium that influence the speed of sound propagation. In the human body, the parameters that mostly influence the sound speed are temperature and density, in the ocean - temperature and current, in the atmosphere - temperature and wind. In this study, we focus on estimating temperature in the atmosphere using the information on the average sound speed along the propagation path. The latter is practically obtained from travel time measurements. We propose a reconstruction algorithm that exploits the concept of sparsity. Namely, the temperature is assumed to be a linear combination of some functions (e.g. bases or set of different bases) where many of the coefficients are known to be zero. The goal is to find the non-zero coefficients. To this end, we apply an algorithm based on linear programming that under some constrains finds the solution with minimum l0 norm. This is actually equivalent to the fact that many of the unknown coefficients are zeros. Finally, we perform numerical simulations to assess the effectiveness of our approach. The simulation results confirm the applicability of the method and demonstrate high reconstruction quality and robustness to noise.