Gradient for the acoustic VTI full waveform inversion based on the instantaneous traveltime sensitivity kernels
KAUST DepartmentEarth Science and Engineering Program
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
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AbstractThe instantaneous traveltime is able to reduce the non-linearity of full waveform inversion (FWI) that originates from the wrapping of the phase. However, the adjoint state method in this case requires a total of 5 modeling calculations to compute the gradient. Also, considering the larger modeling cost for anisotropic wavefield extrapolation and the necessity to use a line-search algorithm to estimate a step length that depends on the parameters scale, we propose to calculate the gradient based on the instantaneous traveltime sensitivity kernels. We, specifically, use the sensitivity kernels computed using dynamic ray-tracing to build the gradient. The resulting update is computed using a matrix decomposition and accordingly the computational cost is reduced. We consider a simple example where an anomaly is embedded into a constant background medium and we compute the update for the VTI wave equation parameterized using vh, η and ε.
CitationRamzi Djebbi* and Tariq Alkhalifah (2015) Gradient for the acoustic VTI full waveform inversion based on the instantaneous traveltime sensitivity kernels. SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2015: pp. 1430-1435. doi: 10.1190/segam2015-5903601.1
PublisherSociety of Exploration Geophysicists