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https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-2017-46
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21 Nov 2017
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI).
SWRT: A package for semi-analytical solutions of surface wave propagation, including mode conversion, across transversely aligned vertical discontinuities
Arjun Datta Bullard Laboratories, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge , Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EZ, UK
Abstract. We present a suite of programs that implement decades-old algorithms for computation of seismic surface wave reflection and transmission coefficients at a welded contact between two laterally homogeneous quarter-spaces. For Love as well as Rayleigh waves, the algorithms are shown to be capable of modelling multiple mode conversions at a lateral discontinuity, which was not shown in the original publications or in the subsequent literature. Only normal incidence at a lateral boundary is considered so there is no Love-Rayleigh coupling, but incidence of any mode and coupling to any (other) mode can be handled. The code is written in Python and makes use of SciPy's Simpson's rule integrator and NumPy's linear algebra solver for its core functionality. Transmission side results from this code are found to be in good agreement with those from finite difference simulations. In today's research environment of extensive computing power, the coded algorithms are arguably redundant but SWRT can be used as a valuable testing tool for the ever evolving numerical solvers of seismic wave propagation. SWRT is available via GitHub (https://github.com/arjundatta23/sw_reftrans.git).

Citation: Datta, A.: SWRT: A package for semi-analytical solutions of surface wave propagation, including mode conversion, across transversely aligned vertical discontinuities, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-2017-46, in review, 2017.
Arjun Datta
Arjun Datta

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A. Datta
https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1061008
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This is a theoretical seismology paper which implements known algorithms for surface wave propagation across single, vertical discontinuities in 2D media. Seismic surface waves undergo mode conversion at lateral discontinuities and this paper describes a Python software package for accurate computation of these conversion effects; a novel feature not available in the existing seismological literature. This work was done during my PhD research in order to validate a finite difference wave solver.
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