Energy Absorption and Traveling Waves


Instructor(s): Dr. Tom Smith, President and CEO, Geophysical Insights
Total classroom time: 1 hour

This course focuses on the physics of traveling waves and why energy absorption is important to an understanding of seismic data. Starting with a linear second-order vibrating system as a mathematical model, the 50-minute short course presents the classes of waves and their associated measurements.


Course Outline

  • Attenuation coefficient
  • Damping ratio
  • Relative bandwidth
  • Strain energy fractional loss
  • Seismic attributes for attenuation
  • Q as an internal rock property


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