Solving fractional laplacian viscoacoustic wave equation using hermite distributed approximating functional method

Jie Yao, Tieyuan Zhu, Fazle Hussain, Donald J. Kouri

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Accurate seismic modeling in realistic media severs the basis of seismic inversion and imaging. Recently viscoacoustic seismic modeling incorporating attenuation effects was done by solving a fractional Laplacian viscoacoustic wave equation. In this equation, attenuation, being spatially heterogeneous, is represented partially by the spatially varying power of the fractional Laplacian operator previously approximated by the global Fourier method. In this paper, we present a local spectral approach, based on Hermite distributed approximating functional (HDAF) method, to implement the fractional Laplacian in the viscoacoustic wave equation. The proposed approach combines local methods' simplicity and global methods' accuracy. Several numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and accuracy of using the HDAF method for the frequency-independent Q fractional Laplacian wave equation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3966-3971
Number of pages6
JournalSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventSEG International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting, SEG 2016 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2011Oct 21 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics

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