WIAS Preprint No. 1677, (2012)

Elastic scattering by unbounded rough surfaces


  • Elschner, Johannes
  • Hu, Guanghui

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 74J20 74B05 35J57 35Q74


  • Elastic waves, rough surfaces, Navier equation, variational formulation, radiation condition




We consider the two-dimensional time-harmonic elastic wave scattering problem for an unbounded rough surface, due to an inhomogeneous source term whose support lies within a finite distance above the surface. The rough surface is supposed to be the graph of a bounded and uniformly Lipschitz continuous function, on which the elastic displacement vanishes. We propose an upward propagating radiation condition (angular spectrum representation) for solutions of the Navier equation in the upper half-space above the rough surface, and establish an equivalent variational formulation. Existence and uniqueness of solutions at arbitrary frequency is proved by applying a priori estimates for the Navier equation and perturbation arguments for semi-Fredholm operators.

Appeared in

  • SIAM J. Math. Anal., 6 (2012) pp. 4101--4127.

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