Abstract

A two dimensional seismic model has been set up to simulate the problem of elastic wave propagation in a single layer overlying a uniform half space. Both the source and the receiver are mounted on the free surface of the layer. Seismograms are presented as a funciton of range. In addition to the Rayleigh and shear modes, PL modes are observed. Experimentally determined phase and group velocities compare fairly well with theoretical curves. The decay factor for PL is maximum at the arrival time of P waves in the half-space. There is also a secondary maximum at the arrival time of P waves in the layer. Although the decay of PL is small, phase equalization of PL does not yield the initial pulse shape because the mode embraces an insufficient frequency band to permit good resolution.

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