Zoeppritz Phase Plotter
You will need to have the Java runtime environment (JRE) installed on your computer in
order to use this software. As of Java Version 7 Update 51, you will also need to add
https://www.crewes.org to the Java Exception Site List. This has been tested in Windows 10
using Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox.
To start the Zoeppritz Magnitude Plotter click on the 'Launch' button
- This Plotter is similar in function to the Zoeppritz Explorer, but is
designed to be convenient for production of publishable figures of
Zoeppritz coefficient phases.
- To use the Plotter, select whether the incident wave is P or S, and
whether it originates in the upper or lower level. These choices may be
changed at any time.
- Also select which coefficients you wish to plot phases
for. These may also be changed at any time. Only those for one type of incident
wave may be displayed simultaneously.
The Java code was adapted by Chuck Ursenbach from the CREWES
Zoeppritz Explorer. The original Zoeppritz Phase Plotter was placed on the
Internet in March, 2002.
- The plot shows how the reflection coefficients change
with angle of incidence. To see how the coefficients change with properties of
each medium, use the six scroll bars in the control panel to change the density
and velocities of each layer. These may be fixed to particular values in the
text fields, or interactively scanned over a range of values using the slider
bars. Only four of these six variables are independent, one for the densities
and three for the velocities. Accordingly one can use the drop down menus to
select up to four density and velocity ratios as well. The slider bars generate
ratios between 0 and 2, but other values can be accessed through the text
fields. Note that you are not prevented from selecting properties corresponding
to a negative Poisson's ratio.
- Using a checkbox, the phase can either be plotted as a
continuous function or constrained to lie in the interval [-π:π].
- The location of critical angles is indicated by
vertical lines, which may be annotated with the value of the critical angle,
and the relevant velocity conditions.
- The scales may be adjusted using the control panel.
Angles may only be adjusted to integer numbers of degrees, and the incident
angle must be between 0 and 90 degrees.
- Aki & Richards (1980) "Quantitative Seismology",
vol. I, sec. 5.2.
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