Green's function calculation from equipartition theorem

Francisco José Sánchez-Sesma, & Mathieu Perton

Published August 24, 2016, SCEC Contribution #7114

A method is presented to calculate the elastodynamic Green's functions by using the equipartition principle. The imaginary parts are calculated as the average cross correlations of the displacement fields generated by the incidence of body and surface waves with amplitudes weighted by partition factors. The real part is retrieved using the Hilbert transform. The calculation of the partition factors is discussed for several geometrical configurations in two dimensional space: the full-space, a basin in a half-space and for layered media. For the last case, it results in a fast computation of the full Green's functions. Additionally, if the contribution of only selected states is desired, as for instance the surface wave part, the computation is even faster. Its use for full waveform inversion may then be advantageous.

Sánchez-Sesma, F., & Perton, M. (2016). Green's function calculation from equipartition theorem. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(2), 1309-1318. doi: 10.1121/1.4961208.