Advanced Seismology I
Seismic Imaging: Theory and Applications


12.560


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Class
Mon Wed 13:00 - 14:20
54-313

Instructor
Stéphane Rondenay
e-mail: rondenay@mit.edu
office: 54-512
office hours: by appointment

Recommended Texts
Supplemental material will be posted on the course website (see calendar for additional detail) or placed on hold in the Lindgren Library.

Course Description
In this class, we will introduce fundamental principles of seismic imaging used in both exploration and solid earth applications. Topics will include ray theoretical approaches, scattering theory, and seismic waveform modelling. Through lectures, projects and student-led discussions of journal articles, the class will cover the whole process of seismic imaging, from data preprocessing to model generation and geological interpretation of the results.
Grading
  • 3-4 problem sets: 60%
  • term paper: 30%
  • class participation (review of previous class, discussion): 10%
  • Term Paper
    Students will select and read a series of papers on a specific field in seismic imaging (e.g., data preprocessing, migration in seismic reflection, teleseismic receiver functions, teleseismic migration). They will be required to write a paper (5-10 pages double spaced) summarizing the field, including recent advances and current challenges, and give a class presentation (~20-30 minutes + questions) outlining their findings.

    See the calendar for a more detailed description of the course as it is posted.

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