Simulating propagation of separated wave modes in general anisotropic media, Part I: qP-wave propagators |

For comparison, we first appply the original anisotropic elastic wave equation to synthesize wavefields in a homogeneous VTI medium with weak anisotropy, in which , , , and . Figure 4a and 4b display the horizontal and vertical components of the displacement wavefields at 0.3 s. Then we try to simulate propagation of separated wave modes using the pseudo-pure-mode qP-wave equation (equation 22 in its 2D form). Figure 4c and 4d display the two components of the pseudo-pure-mode qP-wave fields, and Figure 4e displays their summation, i.e., the pseudo-pure-mode scalar qP-wave fields with weak residual qSV-wave energy. Compared with the theoretical wavefront curves (see Figure 4f) calculated on the base of group velocities and angles, pseudo-pure-mode scalar qP-wave fields have correct kinematics for both qP- and qSV-waves. We finally remove residual qSV-waves and get completely separated scalar qP-wave fields by applying the filtering to correct the projection deviation (Figure 4g).

Elasticx,Elasticz,PseudoPurePx,PseudoPurePz,PseudoPureP,WF,PseudoPureSepP
Synthesized wavefields in a VTI medium with weak anisotropy: (a) x- and
(b) z-components synthesized by original elastic wave equation; (c) x- and
(d) z-components synthesized by pseudo-pure-mode qP-wave equation; (e) pseudo-pure-mode scalar qP-wave fields;
(f) kinematics of qP- and qSV-waves; and (g) separated scalar qP-wave fields.
Figure 4. |
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Then we consider wavefield modeling in a homogeneous VTI medium with strong anisotropy, in which , , , and . Figure 5 displays the wavefield snapshots at 0.3 s synthesized by using original elastic wave equation and pseudo-pure-mode qP-wave equation respectively. Note that the pseudo-pure-mode qP-wave fields still accurately represent the qP- and qSV-waves' kinematics. Although the residual qSV-wave energy becomes stronger when the strength of anisotropy increases, the filtering step still removes these residual qSV-waves effectively.

Elasticx,Elasticz,PseudoPurePx,PseudoPurePz,PseudoPureP,WF,PseudoPureSepP
Synthesized wavefields in a VTI medium with strong anisotropy: (a) x- and
(b) z-components synthesized by original elastic wave equation; (c) x- and
(d) z-components synthesized by pseudo-pure-mode qP-wave equation; (e) pseudo-pure-mode scalar qP-wave fields;
(f) kinematics of qP- and qSV-waves; and (g) separated scalar qP-wave fields.
Figure 5. |
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Simulating propagation of separated wave modes in general anisotropic media, Part I: qP-wave propagators |

2014-06-24