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Title: The effect of dielectric permittivity on the fields radiated from a radio-frequency electric dipole in a homogeneous whole space
Authors: Naprstek, T.
Smith, Richard S.
Keywords: electromagnetics;mining;tomography
Issue Date: 18-Feb-2016
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Citation: Naprstek, T. and R. S. Smith, 2016, The effect of dielectric permittivity on the fields radiated from a radio-frequency electric dipole in a homogeneous whole space: Geophysics, 81(2), K1-K8. doi:
Abstract: The radio imaging method (RIM) is an electromagnetic cross-borehole method with applications in mineral exploration, as well as in the coal industry, where it is used across mine drives. Attenuation of the signal from conductive regions may indicate areas of mineralization, and these conductive effects in general dominate the response. In an effort to better understand the effect of a material’s dielectric permittivity on the response of the RIM, we have developed a simple program to model an electric dipole in a homogeneous whole space. When increasing the dielectric permittivity, the amplitude peak broadened and increased, whereas the phase peak sharpened and shifted negatively. To showcase the effect of dielectric permittivity on RIM data, data recorded from two transmitter positions in a moderately homogeneous zone in the Sudbury Basin were curve fit, and we concluded that despite the stronger effect that conductivity has on the signal, RIM is still sensitive to dielectric permittivity, and appropriate values must be used when developing conductivity tomograms. In addition, we found that for the given situation and frequencies used, an increase in either the conductivity or dielectric permittivity could be accounted for by a decrease of approximately the same factor in the other variable. However, the low-conductivity, high-permittivity case seemed to fit the shape of the amplitude and phase curves better. For the sulfide impregnated crystalline rocks at our field site, relative dielectric constants of 26.4 and 31 at 1250 and 625 kHz, respectively, were inferred.
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ISSN: 0016-8033
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