Waves and Rays in Elastic Continua

Waves and Rays in Elastic Continua

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This is the second edition of the textbook that was first published by Elsevier Science. Professor Slawinski has the copyright to the textbook and the second edition is significantly extended. The present book emphasizes the interdependence of mathematical formulation and physical meaning in the description of seismic phenomena. Herein, we use aspects of continuum mechanics, wave theory and ray theory to explain phenomena resulting from the propagation of seismic waves. The book is divided into three main sections: elastic continua, waves and rays and variational formulation of rays. There is also a fourth part, which consists of appendices. In Part 1, we use continuum mechanics to describe the material through which seismic waves propagate, and to formulate a system of equations to study the behaviour of such a material. In Part 2, we use these equations to identify the types of body waves propagating in elastic continua as well as to express their velocities and displacements in terms of the properties of these continua. To solve the equations of motion in anisotropic inhomogeneous continua, we use the high-frequency approximation and, hence, establish the concept of a ray. In Part 3, we show that, in elastic continua, a ray is tantamount to a trajectory along which a seismic signal propagates in accordance with the variational principle of stationary traveltime. Consequently, many seismic problems in elastic continua can be conveniently formulated and solved using the calculus of variations. In Part 4, we describe two mathematical concepts that are used in the book; namely, homogeneity of a function and Legendre's transformation. This section also contains a list of symbols.We will show that they are the stationarity conditions of the calculus of variations. ... Since, in the variational approach to ray theory, either time or distance constitutes the single variable, the stationarity conditions ... 6 Interested readers might refer to Born, M., and Wolf, E., (1999) Principles of optics (7th edition): Cambridgeanbsp;...

Title:Waves and Rays in Elastic Continua
Author: Michael A. Slawinski
Publisher:World Scientific - 2010

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