Electromagnetic induction by a finite electric dipole source over a 2-D earth Academic Article uri icon


  • A numerical solution for the frequency domain electromagnetic response of a two-dimensional (2-D) conductivity structure to excitation by a three-dimensional (3-D) current source has been developed. The fields are Fourier transformed in the invariant conductivity direction and then expressed in a variational form. At each of a set of discrete spatial wavenumbers a finite-element method is used to obtain a solution for the secondary electromagnetic fields. The finite element uses exponential elements to efficiently model the fields in the far-field. In combination with an iterative solution for the along-strike electromagnetic fields, this produces a considerable reduction in computation costs. The numerical solutions for a horizontal electric dipole are computed and shown to agree with closed form expressions and to converge with respect to the parameterization. Finally some simple examples of the electromagnetic fields produced by horizontal electric dipole sources at both the seafloor and air-earth interface are presented to illustrate the usefulness of the code.

publication date

  • February 1993