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(&#x012B; k&#x014D;n&#x2019; &#x2202;l) (from Greek <math> \iota \kappa o \nu </math> (ikon) meaning ''image''. An equation derived from the wave equation through the substitution of a harmonic wave trial solution, in which the local velocity <math> V </math> is compared to a reference velocity <math> V_R </math>(analogous to comparing a velocity to the speed of light in vacuum):  
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(&#x012B; k&#x014D;n&#x2019; &#x2202;l) (from Greek <math> \iota \kappa o \nu </math> (ikon) meaning ''image''. An equation derived from the wave equation through the substitution of a harmonic wave trial solution into the wave equation. In one form of the eikonal equation seen in physics literature, ithe local velocity <math> V </math> is compared to a reference velocity <math> V_R </math>(analogous to comparing a velocity to the speed of light in vacuum):  
  
  
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where <math>n</math> is an index of refraction and [[File:Fgr.gif]] is the wave function. the quantity <math> \phi</math> is identified as wave
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where <math>n</math> is an index of refraction and  the quantity <math> \phi</math> is identified as wave
 
propagation travel time. Valid only where the variation of properties is small within a wavelength, sometimes called the &#x2018;&#x2018;high-frequency condition.&#x2019;&#x2019;
 
propagation travel time. Valid only where the variation of properties is small within a wavelength, sometimes called the &#x2018;&#x2018;high-frequency condition.&#x2019;&#x2019;
  

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(ī kōn’ ∂l) (from Greek (ikon) meaning image. An equation derived from the wave equation through the substitution of a harmonic wave trial solution into the wave equation. In one form of the eikonal equation seen in physics literature, ithe local velocity is compared to a reference velocity (analogous to comparing a velocity to the speed of light in vacuum):


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where is an index of refraction and the quantity is identified as wave propagation travel time. Valid only where the variation of properties is small within a wavelength, sometimes called the ‘‘high-frequency condition.’’

More commonly in geophysical literature, the eikonal equation (for scalar waves) is written in terms of medium velocity only where , as

Solutions to the eikonal equation yield a high-frequency or large-wavenumber asymptotic representation of the wave field as a family of rays, represented by ray position and ray direction---the so-called kinematic aspect of wave propagation.

Another form of the eikonal equation is written in terms of the ray direction vector where for

thus are the generalized coordinates and are the generalized momenta from Hamiltonian mechanics, and the eikonal equation corresponds to the Hamiltonian function or the Hamilton-Jacobi equation of analytical mechanics.

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