The use of Rayleigh wave ellipticity has gained increasing popularity in recent years for investigating earth structures, especially for near-surface soil characterization. In spite of its widespread application, the sensitivity of the ellipticity function to the soil structure has been rarely explored in a comprehensive and systematic manner. To this end, a new analytical method is presented for computing the sensitivity of Rayleigh wave ellipticity with respect to the structural parameters of a layered elastic half-space. This method takes advantage of the minor decomposition of the surface wave eigenproblem and is numerically stable at high frequency. This numerical procedure allowed to retrieve the sensitivity for typical near surface and crustal geological scenarios, pointing out the key parameters for ellipticity interpretation under different circumstances. On this basis, a thorough analysis is performed to assess how ellipticity data can efficiently complement surface wave dispersion information in a joint inversion algorithm. The results of synthetic and real-world examples are illustrated to analyse quantitatively the diagnostic potential of the ellipticity data with respect to the soil structure, focusing on the possible sources of misinterpretation in data inversion.
Sensitivity of Rayleigh wave ellipticity and implications for surface wave inversion / Cercato, Michele. - In: GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 0956-540X. - STAMPA. - 213:1(2018), pp. 489-510. [10.1093/GJI/GGX558]
|Titolo:||Sensitivity of Rayleigh wave ellipticity and implications for surface wave inversion|
CERCATO, MICHELE (Corresponding author)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Citazione:||Sensitivity of Rayleigh wave ellipticity and implications for surface wave inversion / Cercato, Michele. - In: GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 0956-540X. - STAMPA. - 213:1(2018), pp. 489-510. [10.1093/GJI/GGX558]|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|