Abstract

A method for determining for determining the elastodynamic (P and SV waves) radiation characteristics of finite-size sources buried in horizontally layered media, having periodically corrugated interfaces, is described. In particular, the example problem chosen to illustrate the procedure is as follows: a solid plate lies on top of a solid half-space; the solid-solid interface has been taken to be planar, but traction-free conditions prevail on the other boundary of the elastic plate, which surface is also periodically corrugated; and the source has been taken to be an isotropic, P-wave line source located inside the elastic plate. The technique presented utilizes the plane wave spectral decomposition of the relevant fields within the framework of the extended boundary condition method or the T matrix method. Since the T-matrix method is a matrix approach, it is very attractive computationally and is certainly more tractable than a method based on the direct solution of the integral equations involved in the scattering problem. Numerical results are given to delineate the various features of the field diffracted into the elastic half-space, as well as the displacement field induced on the traction-free boundary of the elastic plate. The specific example examined is directly related to regional wave propagation in a continental crustal wave guide.

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