In order to prove the validity of equation (), it is convenient to transform it to the coordinates of the initial shot gathers: s=y-h, r=y+h, and . The transformed equation takes the form
Let S and R be the source and the receiver locations, and O be a reflection point for that pair. Note that the incident ray SO and the reflected ray OR form a triangle with the basis on the offset SR (l=|SR|=|r-s|). Let be the angle of SO from the vertical axis, and be the analogous angle of RO (Figure ). The law of sines gives us the following explicit relationships between the sides and the angles of the triangle SOR:
Figure 2 Reflection rays in a constant velocity medium (a scheme).
Thus we have proved that equation (), equivalent to (), is valid in constant velocity media independently of the reflector geometry and the offset. This means that high-frequency asymptotic components of the waves, described by the OC equation, are located on the true reflection traveltime curves.
The theory of characteristics can provide other ways to prove the kinematic validity of equation (), as described by Fomel (1994) and Goldin (1994).