**Summary**

We apply the unsplit convolutional perfectly matched layer (CPML) absorbing boundary condition (ABC) to the viscoacoustic wave, which is derived from Kjartansson’s constant-Q model, with second-order spatial derivatives and fractional time derivatives, to annihilate spurious reflections from near-grazing incidence waves in the time domain. Computationally expensive temporal convolution in the unsplit CPML formulation are resolved by an effective recursive convolution update strategy which calculates time integration with the trapezoidal approximation, while the fractional time derivatives are computed with the Grünwald- Letnikov (GL) approximations. We verify the results by comparison with the 2D analytical solution obtained from wave propagation in homogeneous Pierre Shale.

**Introduction**

Perfectly matched layer (PML) absorbing boundary condition was introduced by Bérenger (1994) for the numerical simulations of electromagnetic waves in an unbounded medium. It can theoretically absorb the incident waves at the interface with the elastic volume, regardless of their incidence angle or frequency. However, the performance degrades upon the finite-difference time domain (FDTD) discretization, especially in the case of grazing incidence (Roden and Gedney, 2000; Bérenger, 2002a, 2002b). To deal with this problem, Kuzuoglu and Mittra (1996) proposed a general complex frequency shifted (CFS) method, in which a Butterworth-type filter is implemented in the layer. This approach is also known as convolutional PML (CPML) or complex frequency shifted PML (CFS-PML) (Bérenger, 2002a, 2002b), which has been proved to be more effective in absorbing the propagating wave modes at grazing incidence than the classical PMLs (Roden and Gedney, 2000; Komatitsch and Martin, 2007; Martin and Komatitsch, 2009; Drossaert and Giannopoulos, 2007a, 2007b).

Generally, the unsplit CPML has been applied to the wave equation recast as a first-order system in velocity and stress (Komatitsch and Martin, 2007; Martin and Komatitsch, 2009; Chen et. al., 2014). However, it was rarely used in numerical schemes based on the wave equation written as a second-order system in displacement. This form of wave equation is commonly used in finite-element methods (FEM), the spectral-element method (SEM) and some finite-difference methods. Several unsplit CPMLs have already been applied to the second-order wave equations (Li and Matar, 2010; René Matzen, 2011). Li and Matar (2010) presented an unsplit CPML for the second-order wave equation that contains auxiliary memory variables to avoid the convolution operators. Matzen (2011) developed a novel CPML formulation based on the second-order wave equation with displacements as the only unknowns, which is implemented by slightly modifying the existing displacement-based finite element framework.