A stacking approach to estimate Vp/Vs from receiver functions

George Helffrich, David Thompson

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This note documents an approach to process a suite of receiver function (RF) traces in order to identify discontinuity-generated P-to-S (Ps) conversions based on the timing of their associated reverberations. It is inspired by Kumar and Bostock's method to estimate absolute P wave speeds. From RF estimates recorded in the typical source range for direct P arrivals, the method yields P to S wave speed ratios (VP/VS) without knowledge of crustal VP or thickness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-902
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Journal International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


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