Numerical modelling of complex resistivity effects on a homogeneous half-space at low frequencies

Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen, François Baumgartner

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    The many different existing models describing the spectral behavior of the resistivity of geological materials at low frequency, combined with the lack of available field data, render the interpretation of complex resistivity (CR) data very difficult. With a recent interest in CR measurements for environmental applications and thanks to technological progress, the use of wide band frequency equipment seems promising, and it is expected to shed light on the different results among the published solutions to the electromagnetic (EM) coupling problem. We review the theory of EM coupling over a homogeneous half-space with CR effects and study some aspects of the complex coupling function. We advocate the use of the CR based coupling function in the interpretation process, in order to obtain a better understanding of the physical processes involved in CR effects. Application of the model to real field data show systematic good agreement in two simple cases, even over wide ranges of frequencies. Interpretation with a double Cole-Cole model is applied for comparison, and in spite of good fits to the data, large differences are observed in the interpreted low frequency dispersion. We conclude that the use of a second Cole-Cole model to describe EM coupling may corrupt the interpretation of the low frequency dispersion, even when only the normal range of frequencies (
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalGeophysical Prospecting
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)261-271
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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