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Abstract In this paper we describe a method for constructing approximate solutions of a two-dimensional inverse eigenvalue problem. Here we consider the problem of recovering a functionq(x, y) from the eigenvalues of — Δ +q(x, y) on a rectangle with Dirichlet boundary conditions. The potentialq(x, y) is assumed to be symmetric with respect to the midlines of the rectangle. Our method is a generalization of an algorithm Hald presented for the construction of symmetric potentials in the one-dimensional inverse Sturm-Liouville problem. Using a projection method, the inverse spectral problem is reduced to an inverse eigenvalue problem for a matrix. We show that if the given eigenvalues are small perturbations of simple eigenvalues ofq=0, then the matrix problem has a solution. This solution is used to construct a functionq which has the same lowest eigenvalues as the unknownq, and several numerical examples are given to illustrate the methods.
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