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Computations of synthetic seismograms for coal seams with the reflectivity methodNormal access

Authors: J. Fertig and G. Müller
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 26, No 4, December 1978 pp. 868 - 883
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.1978.tb01638.x
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
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The reflectivity method for computing synthetic seismograms can be applied to seismic prospecting problems with special focus on coal-mining problems. The method allows the calculation of reflected waves for point-source excitation and non-vertical incidence. It automatically includes all possible conversions of wave types and all inner multiple reflections. Synthetic horizontal- and vertical-component seismogram sections are given for a simple two-seam model and for a realistic seam sequence which is represented by 48 layers; the source-receiver distances range from 100 m to 1000 m. These seismograms show prominent PS reflections already at moderate source-receiver distances. These waves complicate the vertical-component records by producing arrivals of similar strength as the PP reflections. From this it is concluded that PS reflections in strongly layered media can cause problems in routine CDP stacking. On the horizontal-component records the PS reflections are dominant. Because of the lower velocities of S waves the time resolution of PS reflections is better than that of PP reflections. This suggests that horizontal-component recording may be useful in the investigation of subsurface regions with strong velocity contrasts, even with conventional energy sources producing mainly P waves.

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