Nonhyperbolic reflection moveout of -waves: An overview and comparison of reasons

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# ANISOTROPY VERSUS LATERAL HETEROGENEITY

The nonhyperbolic moveout in homogeneous VTI media with one horizontal reflector is similar to that caused by lateral heterogeneity in isotropic models. In this section, we discuss this similarity following the results of Grechka (1998).

The angle dependence of the group velocity in equations (1) and (5) is characterized by small anisotropic coefficients. Therefore, we can assume that an analogous influence of lateral heterogeneity might be caused by small velocity perturbations. (Large lateral velocity changes can cause behavior too complicated for analytic description.) An appropriate model is a plane laterally heterogeneous layer with the velocity

 (78)

where is a dimensionless function. The velocity given by equation (78) has the generic perturbation form that allows us to use the tomographic linearization assumption. That is, we neglect the ray bending caused by the small velocity perturbation and compute the perturbation of traveltimes along straight rays in the constant-velocity background. Thus, we can rewrite equation (9) as
 (79)

where is the midpoint location and the integration limits correspond to the source and receiver locations. For simplicity and without loss of generality, we can set to zero. Linearizing equation (79) with respect to the small perturbation , we get
 (80)

It is clear from equation (80) that lateral heterogeneity can cause many different types of the nonhyperbolic moveout. In particular, comparing equations (80) and (11), we conclude that a pseudo-anisotropic behavior of traveltimes is produced by lateral heterogeneity in the form

 (81)

or, in the linear approximation,
 (82)

where and should be considered now as parameters, describing the isotropic laterally heterogeneous velocity field. Equation (82) indicates that the velocity heterogeneity that reproduces moveout (12) in a homogeneous VTI medium, is a symmetric function of the offset . This is not surprising because the velocity function (1), corresponding to vertical transverse isotropy, is symmetric as well.
 Nonhyperbolic reflection moveout of -waves: An overview and comparison of reasons

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2013-03-03