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Time-domain computation of non-normal incidence wavefields in plane layered mediaNormal access

Author: R.-G. Ferber
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 36, No 8, November 1988 pp. 857 - 877
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.1988.tb02197.x
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
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A new time-domain method is introduced for the calculation of theoretical seismograms which include frequency dependent effects like absorption. To incorporate these effects the reflection and transmission coefficients become convolutionary operators. The method is based on the communication theory approach and is applicable to non-normal incidence plane waves in flat layered elastic media. Wave propagation is simulated by tracking the wave amplitudes through a storage vector inside the computer memory representing a Goupillaud earth model discretized by equal vertical transit times. Arbitrary numbers of sources and receivers can be placed at arbitrary depth positions, while the computational effort is independent of that number. Therefore, the computation of a whole plane-wave vertical seismic profile is possible with no extra effort compared to the computation of the surface seismogram. The new method can be used as an aid to the interpretation of plane-wave decomposed reflection data where the whole synthetic vertical seismic profile readily gives the interpreter the correct depth position of reflection events.

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