Semi-exact local absorbing boundary condition for seismic wave simulation

Saeed Izadian, Kamal Aghazade*, Navid Amini, Yanghua Wang

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An absorbing boundary condition is necessary in seismic wave simulation for eliminating the unwanted artificial reflections from model boundaries. Existing boundary condition methods often have a trade-off between numerical accuracy and computational efficiency. We proposed a local absorbing boundary condition for frequency-domain finite-difference modelling. The proposed method benefits from exact local plane-wave solution of the acoustic wave equation along predefined directions that effectively reduces the dispersion in other directions. This method has three features: simplicity, accuracy and efficiency. Numerical simulation demonstrated that the proposed method has higher efficiency than the conventional methods such as the second-order absorbing boundary condition and the perfectly matched layer (PML) method. Meanwhile, the proposed method shared the same low-cost feature as the first-order absorbing boundary condition method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-73
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geophysics and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • Absorbing boundary condition
  • Acoustic wave equation
  • Frequency-domain finite-difference
  • Perfectly matched layer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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