Lipschitz stability for backward heat equation with application to fluorescence microscopy.


In this work, we study a Lipschitz stability result in the reconstruction of a compactly supported initial temperature for the heat equation in $\mathbb{R}^n$, from measurements along a positive time interval and over an open set containing its support. We take advantage of the explicit dependency of solutions to the heat equation with respect to the initial condition. By means of Carleman estimates we obtain an analogous result for the case when the observation is made along an exterior region $\omega\times(\tau,T)$, such that the unobserved part $\mathbb{R}^n\backslash\omega$ is bounded. In the latter setting, the method of Carleman estimates gives a general conditional logarithmic stability result when initial temperatures belong to a certain admissible set, and without the assumption of compactness of support. Furthermore, we apply these results to deduce a similar result for the heat equation in $\mathbb{R}$ for measurements available on a curve contained in $\mathbb{R}\times[0,∞)$, from where a stability estimate for an inverse problem arising in 2D Fluorescence Microscopy is deduced as well. In order to further understand this Lipschitz stability, in particular, the magnitude of its stability constant with respect to the noise level of the measurements, a numerical reconstruction is presented based on the construction of a linear system for the inverse problem in Fluorescence Microscopy. We investigate the stability constant with the condition number of the corresponding matrix.

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