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The Virtual Refraction for Noisy Data and Elastic Media
71st European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2009
  • Kasper van Wijk, Boise State University
  • T. Dylan Mikesell, Boise State University
  • Alexander Calvert, ION-GX Technology
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract

In this work we explain the origin of spurious energy related to refracted waves, but more importantly, we use this spurious event - which we call the virtual refraction - to quantify subsurface parameters (i.e., wave speeds and depth to interface). Using numerical examples we show the cause of this spurious wave. We illustrate its use in a numerical two-layer refraction experiment, providing an alternative approach to conventional intercept-time seismic refraction analysis (Palmer, 1986). Finally, we discuss possible advantages of this technique to conventional refraction methods; particularly, the ease of picking the virtual refraction velocity (even in the presence of noise) and its self-contained nature to invert for the subsurface parameters.

Citation Information
van Wijk, Kasper; Mikesell, T. Dylan; and Calvert, Alexander. (2009). "The Virtual Refraction for Noisy Data and Elastic Media". 71st European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2009, 1, 2222-2226.