# Alias filters

Series | Geophysical References Series |
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Title | Problems in Exploration Seismology and their Solutions |

Author | Lloyd P. Geldart and Robert E. Sheriff |

Chapter | 9 |

Pages | 295 - 366 |

DOI | http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/1.9781560801733 |

ISBN | ISBN 9781560801153 |

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## Contents

## Problem 9.5a

The standard alias filter such as that shown in Figure 9.5a has a 3-dB point at about half the Nyquist frequency and a very steep slope, so that noise above is highly attenuated relative to the passband of the system. Assuming an original flat spectrum, alias filtering with a 125-Hz, 72-dB/octave filter, and subsequent resampling from 2 to 4 ms (without additional alias filtering), graph the resulting alias noise versus frequency.

### Background

The *passband* of a system is the range of frequencies that are unattenuated by passage through the system. The limits are usually taken as the frequencies for which the attenuation is 3 dB.

### Solution

With the 3-dB point on the high-cut filter at 125 Hz and a 72 dB/octave slope, the attenuation at Hz is 75 dB. Frequencies higher than the Nyquist frequency, , alias to appear as the frequencies , i.e., they fold back about , as shown in Figure 9.5a.

A 65-Hz 72-dB/octave filter is usually applied before resampling to prevent aliasing. If resampling to 4 ms is done without this additional filtering, for the resampled data is Hz; the aliased noise is shown by the foldback curves in Figure 9.5a.

## Problem 9.5b

Some believe that standard alias filters may be unnecessarily restrictive. The standard alias filter for 4-ms sampling is about 65 Hz, 72-dB/octave. Graph the alias noise versus frequency for a 90-Hz, 72-dB/octave filter for 4-ms sampling and draw conclusions.

### Solution

The 90-Hz filter is shown in Figure 9.5a. Because the sampling interval is 4 ms, is 125 Hz and the alias noise is given by the foldback curves shown. The 90-Hz filter gives a broader passband than the standard 65-Hz alias filter if signal frequencies above about 80 Hz and signals attenuated more than 60 dB are not important.

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## Also in this chapter

- Fourier series
- Space-domain convolution and vibroseis acquisition
- Fourier transforms of the unit impulse and boxcar
- Extension of the sampling theorem
- Alias filters
- The convolutional model
- Water reverberation filter
- Calculating crosscorrelation and autocorrelation
- Digital calculations
- Semblance
- Convolution and correlation calculations
- Properties of minimum-phase wavelets
- Phase of composite wavelets
- Tuning and waveshape
- Making a wavelet minimum-phase
- Zero-phase filtering of a minimum-phase wavelet
- Deconvolution methods
- Calculation of inverse filters
- Inverse filter to remove ghosting and recursive filtering
- Ghosting as a notch filter
- Autocorrelation
- Wiener (least-squares) inverse filters
- Interpreting stacking velocity
- Effect of local high-velocity body
- Apparent-velocity filtering
- Complex-trace analysis
- Kirchhoff migration
- Using an upward-traveling coordinate system
- Finite-difference migration
- Effect of migration on fault interpretation
- Derivative and integral operators
- Effects of normal-moveout (NMO) removal
- Weighted least-squares