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The factorization method is independent of transmission eigenvalues
As a rule of thumb, sampling methods for inverse scattering problems suffer from interior eigenvalues of the obstacle. Indeed, throughout the history of such algorithms one meets the phenomenon that if the wave number meets some resonance frequency of the scatterer, then those methods can only be shown to work under suitable modifications. Such modifications often require a-priori knowledge, corrupting thereby the main advantage of sampling methods. It was common belief that transmission eigenvalues play a role corresponding to Dirichlet or Neumann eigenvalues in this respect. We show that this is not the case for the Factorization method: when applied to inverse medium scattering problems this method is stable at transmission eigenvalues.