Tomographic resolution limits for diffraction imaging

Yunsong Huang, Dongliang Zhang, Gerard T. Schuster

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We derived formulas for the tomographic resolution limits [Formula: see text] of diffraction data. Resolution limits exhibited that diffractions can provide twice or more the tomographic resolution of specular reflections and therefore led to more accurate reconstructions of velocities between layers. Numerical simulations supported this claim in which the tomogram inverted from diffraction data was noticeably more resolved compared to that inverted from specular data. The specular synthetics were generated by sources on the surface, and the diffraction data were generated by buried diffractors. However, this advantage is nullified if the intensity and signal-to-noise ratio of the diffractions are much less than those of the pervasive specular reflections.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)SF15-SF20
Number of pages1
JournalInterpretation-A Journal of Subsurface Characterization
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-12-14
Acknowledgements: Research reported in this publication was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the KAUST supercomputing center. We would also like to thank the sponsors of the CSIM consortium ( for their financial support.


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