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Physical significance of earthquake quanta

Z. L. Wu, Y. T. Chen and S. G. Kim
Physical significance of earthquake quanta
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (October 1996) 86 (5): 1623-1626


The physical significance of "earthquake quanta" is discussed in the perspective of a proposed concept "seismon." It is pointed out that the physical significance of earthquake quanta may be understood in the way similar to that of phonon in solid-state physics. Using the statistical properties of the seismons, the property such that for large earthquakes the mean stress drop is approximately constant, while for small events the mean stress drop increases with the seismic moment, may be obtained, without detailed considerations of the failure criteria and the interaction between different earthquake quanta.

ISSN: 0037-1106
EISSN: 1943-3573
Serial Title: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
Serial Volume: 86
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Physical significance of earthquake quanta
Affiliation: State Seismological Bureau, Institute of Geophysics, Beijing, China
Pages: 1623-1626
Published: 199610
Text Language: English
Publisher: Seismological Society of America, Berkeley, CA, United States
References: 12
Accession Number: 1997-008926
Categories: Seismology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Secondary Affiliation: Hanyang University, CHN, China
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 199703
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