Benjamin Schwarz

Benjamin Schwarz

Visiting Researcher

My research across the scales aims at strengthening the interface between traditionally separated fields with an emphasis on exploration and earthquake seismology. I am additionally interested in optics, i.e. the (non-quantum mechanical) theory of light, and how its well-established and rich conceptual framework might inspire new developments in seismic and ground-penetrating radar subsurface imaging. Building on ever-improving instrumentation I explore the potential of using (formerly ignored) weak wavefields, such as seismic and electromagnetic diffraction on the scales of oceans, glaciers, or Earth’s crust and general back-scattering in earthquake studies, to push the respective limits of resolution and illumination.

I work with Karin Sigloch and Tarje Nissen-Meyer on various conceptual aspects of seismology, with a special emphasis on regions, where the emerging wave field is densely sampled with modern seismological arrays. My research is supported by a research fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG, SCHW 1870/1-1).

Tutor – Mathematics for Earth Sciences (1st year)
Tutor – Vector Calculus (3rd year)


Schwarz, B. (submitted). Coherent wavefield subtraction for seismic and ground-penetrating radar diffraction separation. Geophysics.

Glöckner, M., Dell, S., Schwarz, B., Vanelle, C. & Gajewski, D. (submitted). Automated velocity model building and migration deconvolution in the time domain. Geophysics.

Abakumov, I., Schwarz, B., Gajewski, D. & Stovas, A. (submitted). Normal moveout in a 3D auxiliary medium. Geophysical Prospecting.

Bakhtiari Rad, P., Schwarz, B., Vanelle, C. & Gajewski, D. (2018). Common-reflection-surface-based prestack diffraction separation and imaging. Geophysics 83(1), S47-S55.

Schwarz, B. & Gajewski, D. (2017). Accessing the diffracted wavefield by coherent subtraction. Geophysical Journal International 211(1), 45-49.

Schwarz, B. & Gajewski, D. (2017). A generalized view on normal moveout. Geophysics 82(5), V335-V349.

Schwarz, B. & Gajewski, D. (2017). The two faces of NMO. The Leading Edge 36(6), 512-517.

Walda, J., Schwarz, B. & Gajewski, D. (2017). A competitive comparison of multiparameter stacking operators. Geophysics 82(4), V275-V283.

Bauer, A., Schwarz, B. & Gajewski,D. (2017). Utilizing diffractions in wavefront tomography. Geophysics 82(2), R65-R73.

Schwarz, B., Bauer, A. & Gajewski, D. (2016). Passive seismic source localization via common-reflection-surface attributes. Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica 60(3), 531-546.

Bauer, A., Schwarz, B. & Gajewski, D. (2016). Enhancement of prestack diffraction data and attributes using a traveltime decomposition approach. Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica 60(3), 471-486.

Ahmed, K. A., Schwarz, B. & Gajewski, D. (2015). Application of the 3D common-reflection-surface stack workflow in a crystalline rock environment. Geophysical Prospecting 63(4), 990-998.

Schwarz, B., Vanelle, C., Gajewski, D. & Kashtan, B. (2014). Curvatures and inhomogeneities: An improved common-reflection-surface approach. Geophysics 79(5), S231-S240.