Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Applied Physics



Major Professor

Juliette Ioup

Second Advisor

Kevin Stokes

Fourth Advisor

Mostofa Sarwar


A synthetic seismic gather showing amplitude versus offset can be analyzed by the interpretive geophysicist to predict rock properties useful in oil exploration. Reflection coefficients derived from measured well log data are convolved with a Ricker wavelet to create a synthetic seismic trace. The Zoeppritz equations describe the propagation of an acoustic wave across an interface between two viscous media of different acoustic impedances with respect to increasing offset angle. The Aki-Richards linear approximation is used to create a synthetic seismic gather with offset angles up to fifty degrees. This gather is compared to a synthetic gather created using commercially available software.


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