Nonlinear Scattering-based Imaging in Elastic Media

Matteo Ravasi, Andrew Curtis

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Enabling nonlinear, elastic imaging using multicomponent seismic data is a key step in moving towards 'true-amplitude' imaging of the subsurface. Nonlinearity here refers both to the fact that even singlescattering interactions are in reality nonlinear (often ignored in Born-scattering migration methods), and to the nonlinearity introduced by the multiple interactions of reverberating waves with the structure to be imaged. Multiples are usually considered as noise in traditional linear imaging methods, and the nonlinearities of individual scattering events are simply ignored. We derive two new, nonlinear elastic imaging conditions based on reciprocity theory that are suitable for reverse-time imaging of land and marine ocean-bottom data. A synthetic example shows that these outperform the best existing elastic imaging conditions, highlighting the importance of handling interactions between multiply scattered and converted waves properly. Focusing such energy in the new methods better illuminates the target and reduces imaging artifacts.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event75th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201313 Jun 2013


Conference75th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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