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Type: Artigo de periódico
Author: HUBRAL, P
Abstract: The computation of the geometrical-spreading factor and the number of caustics is often considered to be the most fundamental step in computing zero-order ray solutions for elementary-wave Green's functions along a ray that originates at a point source and passes through a 3-D laterally inhomogeneous isotropic medium. Here, a new factorization method is described that establishes both quantities recursively along the ray segments into which the total ray can be subdivided;As a consequence of the proposed method, the point-source geometrical-spreading factor and the number of ray caustics along the total ray can be decomposed into (1) point-source spreading factors of the ray segments and (2) certain Fresnel zone contributions at the ray-segment connection points. In a so-called ''3-D simple medium,'' by which any 3-D laterally inhomogeneous medium can be approximated, the new factorization approach permits a simple computation of both quantities. It thus simplifies and provides new insights into the computation of ray-theoretical Green's functions.
Editor: Soc Exploration Geophysicists
Citation: Geophysics. Soc Exploration Geophysicists, v. 60, n. 4, n. 1195, n. 1202, 1995.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1190/1.1443848
Date Issue: 1995
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