Boundary and lens rigidity, tensor tomography and analytic microlocal analysis

  • Plamen Stefanov
  • Gunther Uhlmann


The boundary rigidity problem consists of determining a compact, Riemannian manifold with boundary, up to isometry, by knowing the boundary distance function between boundary points. Lens rigidity consists of determining the manifold, by knowing the scattering relation which measures, besides the travel times, the point and direction of exit of a geodesic from the manifold if one knows its point and direction of entrance. Tensor tomography is the linearization of boundary rigidity and length rigidity. It consists of determining a symmetric tensor of order two from its integral along geodesics. In this paper we survey some recent results obtained on these problems using methods from microlocal analysis, in particular analytic microlocal analysis. Although we use the distribution version of analytic microlocal analysis, many of the ideas were based on the pioneer work of the Sato school of microlocal analysis of which Professor Kawai was a very important member.


Symmetric Tensor Stability Estimate Conjugate Point Compact Riemannian Manifold Boundary Rigidity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Plamen Stefanov
    • 1
  • Gunther Uhlmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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