Application of optimal basis functions in full waveform inversion. (English) Zbl 1091.35548

Summary: In full waveform inversion, the lack of low frequency information in the inversion results has been a long standing problem. We show that by using mixed basis functions this problem can be resolved satisfactorily. Examples of full waveform inversion on layered systems, using surface reflection data from point sources, have shown excellent results nearly indistinguishable from the target model. Our method is robust against additive white noise (up to 20% of the signal) and can resolve layers that are comparable to or smaller than a wavelength in thickness. Physical reason for the success of our approach is illustrated through a simple example.


35R30 Inverse problems for PDEs
35L05 Wave equation
86A22 Inverse problems in geophysics
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