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

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# Higher-order accuracy

The accuracy of the above formulations are first order in source perturbation, which is valid for small perturbation distances. To obtain a higher-order accuracy, we differentiate equation 3 again with respect to yielding:

 (18)

Substituting the second derivative of traveltime with respect to source location into equation 18 provides us with a first order linear partial differential equation in given by:

 (19)

or
 (20)

This equation is similar in form to the first order equations, but with a different source function. Of course, must be evaluated first using equation 4 to solve equation 20.

Based on Taylor's series expansion, the traveltime for a source at is approximated by

 (21)

Using an infinite series representation by defining poles to eliminate the most pronounced transient behavior using Shanks transforms (Bender and Orszag, 1978), we can represent the second order Taylor's expansion in equation 21 as follows

 (22)

which can provide a better approximation results in some regions but has an obvious singularity that might cause divergence when the denominator tends to zero.

Similar equations for expansions in 3-D are obtained with the help of the following matrix

 (23)

with components obtainable using similar first order partial differential equations shown in Appendix A, where , , and describe source perturbations in the , , and directions, respectively. These equations can form the basis for beam expansions in beam-type migrations.

The higher-order equations provide better approximations of the traveltime perturbation. However, they require both the velocity and its derivative to be continuous in the direction of the source perturbation.

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

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2013-04-02