Edge and Tip Diffractions: Theory & Applications in Seismic Prospecting

In Edge and Tip Diffractions: Theory and Applications in Seismic Prospecting (SEG Geophysical Monograph Series No. 14), the theoretical framework of the edge and tip wave theory of diffractions is elaborated from fundamental wave mechanics. Seismic diffractions are inevitable parts of the recorded wavefield scattered from complex structural settings and thus carry back to the surface information that can be exploited to enhance the resolution of details in the underground. The edge and tip wave theory of diffractions provides a physically sound and mathematically consistent method of computing diffraction phenomena in realistic geologic models. In this book, theoretical derivations are followed by their numerical implementation and application to real exploration problems. The book was written initially as lecture notes for an internal course in diffraction modeling at Norsk Hydro Research Center, Bergen, Norway, and later was used for a graduate course at Novosibirsk State University in Russia. The material is drawn from several previous publications and from unpublished technical reports. Edge and Tip Diffractions will be of interest to geoscientists, engineers, and students at graduate and Ph.D. levels.