Volume 45 Number 3
  • E-ISSN: 1365-2478


Most rocks display conductivity dispersion in the low‐frequency range, when the usual displacement currents are neglected. The strong influence this low‐frequency dispersion (LFD), including the response sign reversals, was revealed by field experiments with the coincident‐loop configuration widely used in transient electromagnetics (EM). Mathematical modelling of LFD has been the subject of numerous studies. However, confirmation of the role of LFD or induced polarization (IP) by comparing mathematical modelling and field data is rather poor, because knowledge of the properties of rocks in the area of the field measurements is usually insufficient. For this reason physical modelling of LFD has been carried out at Moscow State Geological‐prospecting Academy (Russia) in 1994‐95. In order to observe criteria of similarity for both induction and polarization transients, a ring‐shaped model was chosen and was represented by an electric circuit, consisting of lumped elements (real rock samples included). Qualitatively different transients for dispersive models and their non‐dispersive ohmic equivalents were observed.


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