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Joseph F. Coyle, Ph.D.


Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Delaware

Howard Hall, 240
Office Hours
Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Courses this Semester
MA 237--Programming and Technology in Mathematics
Research Interests

My research is in scattering theory, or, more specifically, the scattering of electromagnetic or acoustic waves. Scattering theory can be divided into two categories: forward and inverse. In the forward problem, the main goal is to compute the scattered wave given an incident field and the medium in which the wave travels. In the inverse problem, one tries to determine the object that actually scattered the wave given the incident and scattered field. I tend to concentrate my efforts in the area of numerical analysis, where I mainly focus on the computational aspects of scattering theory. More specifically, I work on finite element methods for the forward problem and regularization/sampling techniques for the inverse problem.