Using the natural-frequency concept in remote probing of the earth


  • R. J. Lytle,

  • D. L. Lager


A technique is given for determining the thicknesses and the electrical constitutive parameters of a planar-layered medium such as a coal seam in a mine environment. Time-domain experimental data are analyzed with Prony's method to determine the natural frequencies of the layered medium. Explicit relations are given (for dielectric layers) for determining the thicknesses and dielectric constants from the experimentally determined natural frequency results. Explicit expressions are also given (for conductive layers) for calculating the electrical thickness from natural frequency results. The method is illustrated with sample numerical results.