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An acoustic wave equation for anisotropic media

Tariq Alkhalifah
An acoustic wave equation for anisotropic media
Geophysics (August 2000) 65 (4): 1239-1250


A wave equation, derived using the acoustic medium assumption for P-waves in transversely isotropic (TI) media with a vertical symmetry axis (VTI media), yields a good kinematic approximation to the familiar elastic wave equation for VTI media. The wavefield solutions obtained using this VTI acoustic wave equation are free of shear waves, which significantly reduces the computation time compared to the elastic wavefield solutions for exploding-reflector type applications. From this VTI acoustic wave equation, the eikonal and transport equations that describe the ray theoretical aspects of wave propagation in a TI medium are derived. These equations, based on the acoustic assumption (shear wave velocity = 0), are much simpler than their elastic counterparts, yet they yield an accurate description of traveltimes and geometrical amplitudes. Numerical examples prove the usefulness of this acoustic equation in simulating the kinematic aspects of wave propagation in complex TI models.

ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 65
Serial Issue: 4
Title: An acoustic wave equation for anisotropic media
Author(s): Alkhalifah, Tariq
Affiliation: King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology, Institute for Geophysical Research, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Pages: 1239-1250
Published: 200008
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 17
Accession Number: 2000-066321
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200021
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