Phase velocity error minimizing scheme for the anisotropic pure P-wave equation

TitlePhase velocity error minimizing scheme for the anisotropic pure {P-wave} equation
Publication TypeConference
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPhilipp A. Witte, Christiaan C. Stolk, Felix J. Herrmann
Conference NameSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts
Keywordsanisotropy, least squares, Modelling, SEG, TTI

Pure P-wave equations for acoustic modeling in transverse isotropic media are derived by approximating the exact pure Pwave dispersion relation. In this work, we present an alternative approach to the approximate dispersion relation of Etgen and Brandsberg-Dahl, in which we approximate the exact dispersion relation through a polynomial expansion and determine its coefficients by solving a linear least squares problem that minimizes the phase velocity error over the entire range of phase angles. The coefficients are also optimized over a pre-defined range of Thomsen parameters, so that the phase error is small for models with spatially varying anisotropy. Phase velocity error analysis shows that the optimized pure P-wave equation is up to one order of magnitude more accurate than other popular pure P-wave equations, even for highly non-elliptic anisotropy. The optimized equation can be easily turned into a time-domain forward modeling scheme and comparisons of the modeled waveforms with analytical travel times once more illustrate its high accuracy. We also provide an efficient implementation of our approach for 3D tilted TI media that limits the count of fast Fourier transforms per time step to a number that is comparable to other pure P-wave equations.


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Citation Keywitte2016SEGpve