Dictionary:Metal factor (MF)

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A measure of the total frequency-dependent change in conductivity or capacitivity of a rock, used in the interpretatation of IP data. Metal factor is the percent-frequency-effect (q.v.) normalized by dividing by the measured resistivity (ρα in ohm-feet) and multiplied by a constant:

1. Originally metal factor was defined as

where ρdc is the low-frequency resistivity and ρac is the high-frequency resistivity in ohm-feet.


2. In the frequency domain the definition used is


3. In the time domain, the metal factor is


where M is chargeability in millivolt-seconds per volt and ρdc is in ohm-meters. This unit is similar to Keller’s parameter, specific capacity (q.v.) or static capacity.


4. A constant times the ratio (sometimes called electric susceptibility or capacitivity) between induced-current dipole moment per unit volume (P) and electric field (E):

The metal factor has units of conductivity. It is also called metallic-conduction factor.

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