The equations for elastic wave propagation are solved by a finite difference scheme for the case of an elastic quarter plane. A point-source emitting a compressional pulse is located along the diagonal inside the quarter plane. Free-surface conditions are assumed on the boundary lines, so that the problem is nonseparable.
Complete theoretical seismograms for the horizontal and vertical components of displacement are obtained. The effect of different finite difference formulations for the boundary conditions and the effect of different mesh sizes are studied.
Various reflected volume and surface waves are identified, corner-generated surface waves are clearly seen in the seismograms and their particle motion is studied. The amplitude of the pulse observed at the corner is three times the amplitude of the initial pulse.