An eikonal based formulation for traveltime perturbation with respect to the source location |

The eikonal equation appears in the zeroth-order asymptotic expansion
of the solution of the wave equation given by the Wentzel, Kramers,
and Brillouin (WKB) approximation. It represents
the geometrical optics term that contains the most rapidly varying
component of the leading behavior of the expansion. In a medium with
sloth (slowness squared), , the traveltime for a wavefield
emanating from a source satisfies the following formula:

for the same source location. In other words, we are replacing a shift in the source location with an equal distance shift in the velocity field in the opposite direction. Figure 1 shows the operation for a single source and image point combination taking into account the reciprocity principle between sources and receivers.

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Illustration of the relation between the
initial source location and a perturbed version given by a single
source and image point locations. This is equivalent to a shift in
the velocity field laterally by .
Figure 1. | |
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Assuming that the sloth (or velocity) field is continuous in the
direction, we differentiate equation 2 with respect
to and get:

Solving for requires the velocity (sloth) field as well as the traveltime field for a source located at the surface at . Thus,the traveltime field for a source at can be approximated by

Equation 4 is velocity dependent, which limits its use for inversion purposes.
However, a differentiation of Equation 2 with respect to produces

which is velocity independent. Substituting again the change in traveltime with source location into equation 7 yields

which is a first order linear partial differential equation in with =0 at the source. The traveltime derivatives are computed for a given traveltime field corresponding to a source location . Equation 8 can be represented in a vector notation as follows:

A similar treatment for a change of the source location in or yields the following equations, respectively:

and

or

The above set of equations provides a tool for calculating first-order traveltime derivatives with respect to the source location. However, a condition for stability is that the velocity field must be continuous. This condition is analogous to conditions used in ray tracing methods and can be enforced using smoothing techniques. Another approach to handle this limitation is discussed later.

An eikonal based formulation for traveltime perturbation with respect to the source location |

2013-04-02