Adaptive curvelet-domain primary-multiple separation

TitleAdaptive curvelet-domain primary-multiple separation
Publication TypeConference
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsFelix J. Herrmann
Conference NameSINBAD
KeywordsPresentation, SINBAD, SLIM

In many exploration areas, successful separation of primaries and multiples greatly determines the quality of seismic imaging. Despite major advances made by Surface-Related Multiple Elimination (SRME), amplitude errors in the predicted multiples remain a problem. When these errors vary for each type of multiple differently (as a function of offset, time and dip), these amplitude errors pose a serious challenge for conventional least-squares matching and for the recently introduced separation by curvelet-domain thresholding. We propose a data-adaptive method that corrects amplitude errors, which vary smoothly as a function of location, scale (frequency band) and angle. In that case, the amplitudes can be corrected by an element-wise curvelet-domain scaling of the predicted multiples. We show that this scaling leads to a successful estimation of the primaries, despite amplitude, sign, timing and phase errors in the predicted multiples. Our results on synthetic and real data show distinct improvements over conventional least-squares matching, in terms of better suppression of multiple energy and high-frequency clutter and better recovery of the estimated primaries.



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