Nonlinear model-independent joint migration inversion

Hussain Hammad, D.J. Verschuur

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    Joint Migration Inversion (JMI) offers an attractive feature. It is an operator-based model-independent approach to the inverse problem, in contrast with the model-dependent conventional approach of Full Waveform Inversion, which not only uses the physical model parameters, velocity and density in the acoustic situation, but also forces the data to obey a certain model, e.g. isotropic or anisotropic. The operators sought by the proposed JMI method are reflection and augmented transmission operators (the sum of slowness and transmission operators), yet the reference/background operators are only the simpler Green’s primary-only operators. This formulation is sufficient to explain not only the primaries but also the multiples. Then, the operator-based inverse problem can be solved in a non-linear sense, where phantom sources are obtained only as an intermediary step to obtain those operators. A numerical example shows that the method is capable of distinguishing between the relatively easily-obtained vertical heterogeneity, embedded in the reflection operator, and the more difficulty-obtained lateral heterogeneity, embedded in the augmented transmission operator. This feature, among others, are expected to have a major influence on the inversion process, including its convergence properties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2017
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2017
    Event87th SEG annual meeting - Houston, United States
    Duration: 24 Sep 201729 Sep 2017
    Conference number: 87

    Publication series

    NameSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2017
    PublisherSociety of Exploration Geophysicists
    ISSN (Electronic)1949-4645


    Conference87th SEG annual meeting
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Internet address


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