# Phase of composite wavelets

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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## Problem

**Using the wavelets**

**calculate the composite wavelets:**

Plot the composite wavelets in the time domain. All of these composite wavelets have the same frequency spectrum but different phase spectra because multiplication by shifts the phase. The results illustrate the effects of phase.

### Background

It is shown in Sheriff and Geldart, 1995, section 15.1.5 that the phase of a complex quantity, , is , that is, (imaginary part)/(real part). Since , . If a wavelet has several elements, the imaginary part of the wavelet will be the sum of several sines and the real part will be the sum of several cosines. When the wavelet is multiplied by , both sums will change, hence the phase changes.

### Solution

The convention is that (unless otherwise specified) the first nonzero element fixes the wavelet origin (see problem 9.12f). We start our plots in Figure 9.13a at [except for in order to show the complete waveforms.

The two wavelets and are plotted first in Figure 9.13a and then the four sums of the wavelets. Note that two of the four factors that make up each of and are the same and the other two differ only in signs:

However, the waveshapes differ significantly, especially in apparent frequency. Clearly relatively small changes in the equation of a wavelet can produce significant changes in the waveshape.

Because delaying the second wavelet or advancing the first produces the same waveshape, composite wavelets and are the same except for a time shift. Wavelets and have distinctly different waveshapes from those of . We conclude that a shift of one component relative to the other has a significant effect on the location of peaks and troughs and hence on the waveshape.

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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