Wide-azimuth angle-domain imaging for anisotropic reverse-time migration

Paul C. Sava, Tariq Ali Alkhalifah

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Extended common-image-point gathers (CIP) constructed by wide-azimuth TI wave-equation migration contain all the necessary information for angle decomposition as a function of the reflection and azimuth angles at selected locations in the subsurface. The reflection and azimuth angles are derived from the extended images using analytic relations between the space-lag and time-lag extensions. This post-imaging decomposition requires only information which is already available at the time of migration, i.e. the model parameters and the tilt angles of the TI medium. The transformation amounts to a linear Radon transform applied to the CIPs obtained after the application of the extended imaging condition. If information about the reflector dip is available at the CIP locations, then only two components of the space-lag vectors are required, thus reducing computational cost and increasing the affordability of the method. This efficient angle decomposition method is suitable for wide-azimuth imaging in anisotropic media with arbitrary orientation of the symmetry plane. © 2011 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3114-3119
Number of pages6
JournalSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2011
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 25 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics


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