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RELAXATION TIME ESTIMATION IN SURFACE NMR

United States Patent Application

20160216395
A1
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Technologies including NMR relaxation time estimation methods and corresponding apparatus are disclosed. Example techniques may include performing at least one single-pulse acquisition sequence, the single-pulse acquisition sequence comprising transmitting a single modulated pulse with a surface coil, wherein the phase, frequency, or amplitude of the single modulated pulse is varied during the single modulated pulse, and wherein the single modulated pulse excites a transverse magnetization component within a subsurface fluid. The resulting NMR signal may be recorded on at least one receiving device, including recording the NMR signal associated with the transverse magnetization component excited by the single modulated pulse. Processing techniques may be applied in which recorded NMR response data are used to estimate NMR properties and the relaxation times T.sub.1 and T.sub.2* as a function of position as well as one-dimensional and two-dimension distributions of T.sub.1 versus T.sub.2* as a function of subsurface position.
GRUNEWALD, ELLIOT D. (SEATTLE, WA), WALSH, DAVID D. (MUKILTEO, WA)
15/ 042,932
February 12, 2016
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made in part with Government support under Agreement DE-SC0013293 awarded by the US Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.