Abstract

Programs that utilize the Alekseev–Mikhailenko method are becoming viable seismic interpretation aids because of the availability of a new generation of supercomputers. This method is highly numerically accurate, employing a combination of finite integral transforms and finite difference methods, for the solution of hyperbolic partial differential equations, to yield the total seismic wave field.In this paper two questions of a numerical nature are addressed. For coupled PSv wave propagation with radial symmetry, Hankel transforms of order 0 and 1 are required to cast the problem in a form suitable for solution by finite difference methods. The inverse series summations would normally require that the two sets of roots of the transcendental equations be employed, corresponding to the zeroes of the Bessel functions of order 0 and 1. This matter is clarified, and it is shown that both inverse series summations may be performed by considering only one set of roots.The second topic involves providing practical means of determining the lower and upper bounds of a truncated series that suitably approximates the infinite inverse series summation of the finite Hankel transform. It is shown that the number of terms in the truncated series generally decreases with increasing duration of the source pulse and that the truncated series may be further reduced if near-vertical-incidence seismic traces are avoided.

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