Time-domain phase inversion

Yonghe Sun*, Gerard Schuster

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this abstract, we present a strategy for seismic phase inversion. The amplitude spectrum of the calculated seismogram is replaced by that of the observed seismogram when forming a seismogram misfit function. The seismograms and the source wavelets are filtered, integrated, or differentiated for constructing well-behaved objective functions. Synthetic tests show that phase inversion can recover as much seismic velocity information as can full wave inversion. The potential advantages of phase inversion over full wave inversion are two fold: (1) The inversion does not require the knowledge of the source amplitude spectra which can be difficult to estimate for real data; (2) Phase inversion allows for poor starting models, which is important when the background velocity is not well known.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Event1993 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting - Washington, United States
Duration: Sep 26 1993Sep 30 1993


Conference1993 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics


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