Weak-contrast reflection/transmission coefficients in weakly anisotropic elastic media: P-wave incidence

Vaclav Vavrycuk


We present approximate displacement and energy PP and PS reflection/transmission coefficients for weak-contrast interfaces in general weakly anisotropic elastic media. The coefficients were obtained by applying first-order perturbation theory and then expressed in a compact and relatively simple form. The formulae can be used for arbitrary orientations of the incidence plane and interface, without the need to transform the elasticity parameters to a local Cartesian coordinate system. The accuracy of the approximate formulae is illustrated for the PS reflection coefficient for two synthetic models. For these models, we also study the possibility of using the approximate PP reflection coefficient in the inverse problem.


Elastic wave theory, scattering, seismic anisotropy, seismic waves.

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Geophys. J. int., 138 (1999), 553-562. Erratum: Geophys. J. int., 140 (2000), 248.
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