We extended proofs of Fermat’s principle of stationary traveltime to generally anisotropic inhomogeneous media.
Our proofs are based on the relation between Hamilton and Lagrange mechanics.
In contrast to the isotropic case, there are restrictions due to singularities of the Legendre transformation.
In presented theorems, we quantify these restrictions.
Thus, a seismologist invoking this principle, which is a common approach in applied seismology, ensures the reliability of resulting imaging and interpretation.
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