Abstract

Interpretation of helicopter-borne electromagnetic (EM) data is commonly based on the mapping of resistivity (or conductivity) under the assumption that the magnetic permeability is that of free space and dielectric permittivity can be ignored. However, the data obtained from a multifrequency EM system may contain information about the magnetic permeability and dielectric permittivity as well as the conductivity. Our previous work has shown how helicopter EM data may be transformed to yield the resistivity and magnetic permeability or, alternatively, the resistivity and dielectric permittivity. A method has now been developed to recover the resistivity, magnetic permeability, and dielectric permittivity together from the transformation of helicopter EM data based on a half-space model. A field example is presented from an area which exhibits both permeable and dielectric properties. This example shows that the mapping of resistivity, magnetic permeability, and dielectric permittivity together yields more credible results than if the permeability or permittivity is ignored.

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