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Q-factor estimation using bisection algorithm with power spectrum

Yang Dengfeng, Liu Jun, Li Jingnan and Liu Daoli
Q-factor estimation using bisection algorithm with power spectrum
Geophysics (March 2020) 85 (3): V233-V248


The centroid frequency shift (CFS) method is a widely used Q estimation approach. However, the CFS approach assumes that the amplitude spectrum of a source wavelet has a particular shape, which can cause systematic error in Q estimation. Moreover, the amplitude spectrum at high and low frequencies is susceptible to random noise, which can reduce the robustness of Q estimation using the CFS method. To improve the accuracy and robustness of Q estimation, we have developed a Q extraction method using the bisection algorithm based on the centroid frequency shift of power spectrum (BPCFS). In the BPCFS approach, we first obtain the source and the received wavelet. Then, we calculate the centroid frequency of the attenuated wavelet and that of the received wavelet from the power spectrum. Based on the obtained centroid frequencies, we establish an equation containing only one variable - the Q factor. Introducing the Jeffrey divergence to measure the attenuation of the power spectrum, we prove that this equation has only one root when Q is greater than zero. The root of this equation, which is the desired Q factor, is obtained through the bisection algorithm; we do not make any assumption about the shape of the amplitude spectrum. The noise-free numerical tests indicate that the BPCFS gives more accurate results than the CFS, which demonstrates that the shape of the wavelet spectrum has little effect on the Q estimation accuracy for BPCFS. Gaussian random and blue noise tests also show that the stability of BPCFS is better than that of CFS. The frequency band selection for BPCFS is also more flexible when the amplitude spectrum of the seismic wavelet is band limited. The application to real vertical seismic profile data further demonstrate the effectiveness and feasibility of the new method.

ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 85
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Q-factor estimation using bisection algorithm with power spectrum
Affiliation: CNOOC Deepwater Development, Shenzhen, China
Pages: V233-V248
Published: 20200306
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 45
Accession Number: 2020-034424
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendices
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: Sinopec Geophysics Research Institute, CHN, China
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2020, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 2020
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