Why Ricker wavelets are successful in processing seismic data: Towards a theoretical explanation

Afshin Gholamy, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

In many engineering applications ranging from engineering seismology to petroleum engineering and civil engineering, processing seismic data plays a key role. In processing seismic data, it turns out to be very efficient to describe the signal's spectrum as a linear combination of Ricker wavelet spectra. ^ In this thesis, we provide a possible theoretical explanation for this empirical efficiency. Specifically, signal propagation through several layers is discussed, and it is shown that the Ricker wavelet is the simplest non-trivial solution for the corresponding data processing problem, under the condition that the described properties of the approximation family are satisfied.^

Subject Area

Geology|Geophysics|Engineering, Geophysical

Recommended Citation

Gholamy, Afshin, "Why Ricker wavelets are successful in processing seismic data: Towards a theoretical explanation" (2014). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1583913.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1583913

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