Characteristics of P, SV, and SH wave propagation in an anisotropic medium

Amber Camille Kelter, John C. Bancroft

Two methods of approximating phase and group velocities in an anisotropic medium are explored. Wavefront shapes and expected diffractions from a scatterpoint are investigated. It was found that the popular approximations given by Thomsen in 1986 lose accuracy when compared to more exact solutions; this is especially evident for the case of SV-waves.