%0 Journal Article
%A Grechka, Vladimir
%T Algebraic degree of a general group-velocity surface
%D 2017
%R 10.1190/geo2016-0523.1
%J Geophysics
%P WA45-WA53
%V 82
%N 4
%X Three algebraic surfaces ā the slowness surface, the phase-velocity surface, and the group-velocity surface ā play fundamental roles in the theory of seismic wave propagation in anisotropic elastic media. While the slowness (sometimes called phase-slowness) and phase-velocity surfaces are fairly simple and their main algebraic properties are well understood, the group-velocity surfaces are extremely complex; they are complex to the extent that even the algebraic degree, D, of a system of polynomials describing the general group-velocity surface is currently unknown, and only the upper bound of the degree (Dā¤150) is available. This paper establishes the exact degree (D=86) of the general group-velocity surface along with two closely related to D quantities: the maximum number, B, of body waves that may propagate along a ray direction in a homogeneous anisotropic elastic solid (B=19) and the maximum number, H, of isolated, singularity-unrelated cusps of a group-velocity surface (H=16).%U http://geophysics.geoscienceworld.org/content/gsgpy/82/4/WA45.full.pdf