Modeling seismic wave propagation using staggered-grid mimetic finite differences
Freysimar Solano-Feo, Juan Guevara-Jordan, Carlos González-Ramiréz, Otilio Rojas-Ulacio, Beatriz Otero-Calvinyo

Mimetic finite difference (MFD) approximations of continuous gradient and divergence operators satisfy a discrete version of the Gauss-Divergence theorem on staggered grids. On the mimetic approximation of this integral conservation principle, an unique boundary flux operator is introduced that also intervenes on the discretization of a given boundary value problem (BVP). In this work, we present a second-order MFD scheme for seismic wave propagation on staggered grids that discretized free surface and absorbing boundary conditions (ABC) with same accuracy order. This scheme is time explicit after coupling a central three-level finite difference (FD) stencil for numerical integration. Here, we briefly discuss the convergence properties of this scheme and show its higher accuracy on a challenging test when compared to a traditional FD method. Preliminary applications to 2-D seismic scenarios are also presented and show the potential of the mimetic finite difference method.

Keywords: Acoustic waves, staggered grids, mimetic finite differences, absorbing conditions

Cite this paper:
Solano-Feo F., Guevara-Jordan J., González-Ramiréz C., Rojas-Ulacio O., Otero-Calvinyo B., Modeling seismic wave propagation using staggered-grid mimetic finite differences.
Bull. Comput. Appl. Math. (Bull CompAMa),
Vol. 5, No. 2, Jul-Dec, pp.9-28, 2017