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Migration velocity analysis using pre-stack wave fieldsNormal access

Authors: Tariq Alkhalifah and Zedong Wu
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 65, No 3, May 2017 pp. 639 - 649
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12439
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
Info: Article, PDF ( 2.97Mb )

Summary:
Using both image and data domains to perform velocity inversion can help us resolve the long and short wavelength components of the velocity model, usually in that order. This translates to integrating migration velocity analysis into full waveform inversion. The migration velocity analysis part of the inversion often requires computing extended images, which is expensive when using conventional methods. As a result, we use pre-stack wavefield (the double-square-root formulation) extrapolation, which includes the extended information (subsurface offsets) naturally, to make the process far more efficient and stable. The combination of the forward and adjoint pre-stack wavefields provides us with update options that can be easily conditioned to improve convergence. We specifically use a modified differential semblance operator to split the extended image into a residual part for classic differential semblance operator updates and the image (Born) modelling part, which provides reflections for higher resolution information. In our implementation, we invert for the velocity and the image simultaneously through a dual objective function. Applications to synthetic examples demonstrate the features of the approach.

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