pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp 15–26 | Cite as

Quality factor inversion determination from the analysis of body wave data

Part I
  • R. Sato
  • A. F. Espinosa


In this investigation, a method is developed which allows the determination of the distribution of the intrinsic attenuation with depth in the earth's mantle using single body wave observations. Focal mechanism, geometrical spreading and the source function are not involved in the proposed method. Several examples are presented obeying different laws of the quality factor decreasing or increasing with depth. A case is shown where a first order discontinuity is present, and also when the hypocenter varies with depth.


Attenuation Quality Factor Focal Mechanism Source Function Body Wave 
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© Birkhäuser-Verlag 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Sato
    • 1
  • A. F. Espinosa
    • 2
  1. 1.Geophysical Institute, Faculty of ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Geophysics Research GroupWashington Science CenterRockville

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