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Published August 1983 | Published
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Fast Seismic Ray Tracing


New methods for the fast, accurate and efficient calculation of large classes of seismic rays joining two points x+s and x_R in very general two-dimensional configurations are presented. The medium is piecewise homogeneous with arbitrary interfaces separating regions of different elastic properties (i.e., differing wave speeds c_P and c_S). In general there are 2^(N+1) rays joining x_S to x_R while making contact with N interfaces. Our methods find essentially all such rays for a given N by using continuation or homotopy methods on the wave speeds to solve the ray equations determined by Snell's law. In addition travel times, ray amplitudes and caustic locations are obtained. When several receiver positions x^(j)_(R) are to be included, as in a gather, our techniques easily yield all the rays for the entire gather by employing continuation in the receiver location. The applications, mainly to geophysical inverse problems, are reported elsewhere.

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© 1983 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Received by the editors November 23, 1982. This research was supported by the U.S. Geological Survey under contract 14-08-0001-16777 and by the Department of Energy (Office of Basic Energy Sciences) under contract DE-AS03-76SF 00767.

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