An Inverse Problem for the Double Layer Potential
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We consider the problem of determining for which domains Ω ⊂ R n the number 1/2 is an eigenvalue for the operator taking a function on the boundary ∂Ω to the boundary values of its double layer potential. This question arises naturally in I. Fredholm’s solution to the Dirichlet problem for the Laplace operator in Ω. In two dimensions, the problem is equivalent to a matching problem for analytic functions which seems to be of independent interest. We show that the existence of a nontrivial solution for the matching problem characterizes the disk in a certain class of domains in the complex plane.
KeywordsDirichlet problem double layer potential matching problem
2000 MSC31A25 31B20
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