The inversion problem of phase travel time perturbations in acoustic imaging

Ming Tsung Sun*, Dean Yi Chou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The three-dimensional distribution of change in phase travel time of an active region below the solar surface can be constructed with the technique of acoustic imaging. The interpretation of the distribution of measured phase travel time perturbation suffers from the finite spatial resolution of the acoustic lenses. In the ray approximation, the phase travel time perturbation measured in acoustic imaging can be expressed as an integral of the product of the relative sound-speed perturbation and a kernel. Forward computations show that the vertical resolution of phase travel time perturbation is poor even in the ray approximation. In this study, we discuss the inversion of phase travel time perturbations to estimate the relative sound-speed perturbation with a regularized least-squares inversion method. The tests with model perturbations of sound speed show that the inversion reasonably recovers the distribution of the model perturbation. We also apply the inversion method to the measured phase travel time perturbation of active region NOAA 7981.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalSolar Physics
Volume209
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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