Radiative transfer theory and its application in seismology

Speaker: Jens Przybilla
The characterisation of wave scattering in heterogeneous media is a mathematical difficult topic. One possibility to describe scattering is the usage of radiative transfer theory. It was originally developed in astrophysics to characterise the light transport through the atmosphere. After the pioneering work from Aki (1969), who first described coda waves as scattered waves, radiative transfer theory was introduced in seismology by Wu (1985) to characterise the scattering of the earth crust. In this talk I will give a short introduction to radiative transfer theory and the numerical solution of the equations with Monte Carlo methods. Applications in seismology from crustal and deep earthquakes will be shown.