Seismic Imaging of VTI, HTI and TTI based on Adjoint Methods

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: 3:25 PM
Herurisa Rusmanugroho and Jeroen Tromp, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
Recent studies show that isotropic seismic imaging based on adjoint method reduces low-frequency artifact caused by diving waves, which commonly occur in two-wave wave-equation migration, such as Reverse Time Migration (RTM). Here, we derive new expressions of sensitivity kernels for Vertical Transverse Isotropy (VTI) using the Thomsen parameters (ε, δ, γ) plus the P-, and S-wave speeds (α, β) as well as via the Chen & Tromp (GJI 2005) parameters (A, C, N, L, F). For Horizontal Transverse Isotropy (HTI), these parameters depend on an azimuthal angle φ, where the tilt angle θ is equivalent to 90°, and for Tilted Transverse Isotropy (TTI), these parameters depend on both the azimuth and tilt angles. We calculate sensitivity kernels for each of these two approaches. Individual kernels (“images”) are numerically constructed based on the interaction between the regular and adjoint wavefields in smoothed models which are in practice estimated through Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI). The final image is obtained as a result of summing all shots, which are well distributed to sample the target model properly. The impedance kernel, which is a sum of sensitivity kernels of density and the Thomsen or Chen & Tromp parameters, looks crisp and promising for seismic imaging. The other kernels suffer from low-frequency artifacts, similar to traditional seismic imaging conditions. However, all sensitivity kernels are important for estimating the gradient of the misfit function, which, in combination with a standard gradient-based inversion algorithm, is used to minimize the objective function in FWI.