Abstract

The analysis of point sources in homogeneous media is presented in an introductory but rigorous manner. Stokes solution to the elastic wave equation with a concentrated body force is extended to include couples and moment tensor sources. The single couple and the double couple without moment are discussed in detail because of their importance in earthquake source studies. To simplify the treatment, the transformation properties of tensors under rotations are used throughout. This guide is intended to complement that written by Jost and Herrmann (1989) on moment tensors. A FORTRAN 77 program is provided to plot P, SV, SH radiation patterns as well as S-wave polarizations on a lower hemisphere focal sphere for an arbitrary symmetric moment tensor.

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