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Artifact-free reverse time migration

Lele Zhang, Evert Slob, Joost van der Neut and Kees Wapenaar
Artifact-free reverse time migration
Geophysics (October 2018) 83 (5): A65-A68


We have derived an improved reverse time migration (RTM) scheme to image the medium without artifacts arising from internal multiple reflections. This is based on a revised implementation of Marchenko redatuming using a new time-truncation operator. Because of the new truncation operator, we can use the time-reversed version of the standard wavefield-extrapolation operator as initial estimate for retrieving the upgoing focusing function. Then, the retrieved upgoing focusing function can be used to directly image the medium by correlating it with the standard wavefield-extrapolation operator. This imaging scheme can be seen as an artifact-free RTM scheme with two terms. The first term gives the conventional RTM image with the wrong amplitude and artifacts due to internal multiple reflections. The second term gives a correction image that can be used to correct the amplitude and remove artifacts in the image generated by the first term. We evaluated the success of the method with a 2D numerical example.

ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 83
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Artifact-free reverse time migration
Affiliation: Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Pages: A65-A68
Published: 201810
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 16
Accession Number: 2019-003361
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 201904
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