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## ABSTRACTThe finite-difference traveltime algorithm presented by Van Trier and Symes (1989; 1990) uses a first-order upwind finite-difference scheme described by Engquist and Osher (1980). The Engquist-Osher scheme has an underlying physical minimization condition important for maintaining the stability of the algorithm; it also introduces approximations in the estimation of the traveltime field in order to obtain greater computational speed at the expense of accuracy. The error can be reduced in a slower algorithm. I extend the algorithm in 3-D and show results for a constant velocity medium and slowly varying velocity medium. I find there are greater stability problems in 3-D than in 2-D for rapidly varying velocity models. |

- Introduction
- THE BASIC FINITE-DIFFERENCE SCHEME
- 3-D ALGORITHM
- 3-D TRAVELTIME MAPS
- CONCLUSION
- References
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12/18/1997