Robust blind deconvolution is a challenging problem, particularly if the bandwidth of the seismic wavelet is narrow to very narrow; that is, if the wavelet bandwidth is similar to its principal frequency. The main problem is to estimate the phase of the wavelet with sufficient accuracy. The mutual information rate is a general-purpose criterion to measure whiteness using statistics of all orders. We modified this criterion to measure robustly the amplitude and phase spectrum of the wavelet in the presence of noise. No minimum phase assumptions were made. After wavelet estimation, we obtained an optimal deconvolution output using Wiener filtering. The new procedure performs well, even for very band-limited data; and it produces frequency-dependent phase estimates.

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