A beam summation algorithm for wave radiation and guidance in stratified media

Tal Heilpern*, Ehud Heyman, Vadim Timchenko

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Abstract

A Gaussian beams summation (GBS) algorithm for tracking source excited wave fields in plane stratified media is presented. In the present application the medium is described by layers with constant gradient of the wave speed, and the GB propagators are calculated recursively in a closed form. The algorithm is calibrated for numerical efficacy and accuracy by defining simple physical criteria for choosing the expansion parameters (the beam collimation and the spectral discretization and truncation) that allow for sparse representation of the source-excited angular spectrum of beams. It is validated for a source-excited example in layered media, where it provides a smooth and physically meaningful solution under multipath and caustic conditions and remains accurate for long propagation ranges where phase error tends to accumulate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1856-1864
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume121
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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