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Accurate spatial directional derivative; antialiasing Kirchhoff migration

Chengshu Wang
Accurate spatial directional derivative; antialiasing Kirchhoff migration
Geophysics (May 2004) 69 (3): 811-816


Applying a low-pass filter to each input trace before performing migration is a common antialiasing method used in Kirchhoff 3D migration. The spatial directional derivative that gives the tangent plane direction of the reflector is key in determining the antialiasing frequency limits. In this paper, we present the formula of the traveltime gradient for the diffraction hyperboloid. We also deduce the formula of the vertical traveltime gradient for the reflection ellipsoid, which can be used to construct the antialiasing low-pass filter after migration. The migration stretch is easily computed from the ratio of gradient expressions obtained for the reflection ellipsoid and the diffraction hyperboloid. The gradient formula includes magnitude and direction. The correct direction of the gradient function is from an image point to the dip-moveout image point (rho * direction) on the surface. The gradient is not in the direction from the image point to the midpoint (rho direction) as has been previously concluded. The correct spatial directional derivative along rho is given, and it is slightly less than the gradient norm. We also prove that the true direction of the tangent plane on the reflection ellipsoid can be determined by the gradient. We introduce the directional derivative value along rho that can be approximately applied to calculate the high-frequency limit. Compared with the maximum directional derivative value (gradient norm), the directional derivative is relatively accurate and is much easier to calculate for use in antialiasing. The different results from the new method and the former method are compared. Numerical examples compare the performance of the different formulae.

ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 69
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Accurate spatial directional derivative; antialiasing Kirchhoff migration
Author(s): Wang, Chengshu
Affiliation: Vector Seismic Data Processing, Denver, CO, United States
Pages: 811-816
Published: 200405
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 6
Accession Number: 2005-030809
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendices
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables
Source Medium: WWW
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 200517
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