Reliable noise measure in time-gated NMR data

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  • Trevor P. Irons, University of Utah
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  • Brian J.O.L. McPherson, University of Utah
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  • M. Andrew Kass

Time gating is a commonly used approach in the pre-processing of nuclear magnetic resonance data before inversion. Gating suppresses spurious signals that can degrade recovered decay time distributions and therefore often stabilizes inversion. However, care must be taken in applying this technique when assumptions of uncorrelated Gaussianity break down and reduce stacking efficiency. If not properly accounted for, unreliable noise estimates introduce inversion artefacts through over- or underfitting of the data. Block-bootstrap resampling of noise realization proxies obtained through data phasing can be used to generate reliable noise estimates for the windows. Benefits of the approach are demonstrated through inversion of synthetic and borehole data. Analysis confirms that bootstrapped noise metrics are more reliable under variable noise conditions and result in more stable inversion results.

TidsskriftGeophysical Journal International
Sider (fra-til)959-964
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 1 nov. 2018

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