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Magn Reson Imaging. 2001 Apr-May;19(3-4):411-5.

Probing pores using elementary quantum mechanics.

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Schlumberger-Doll Research, Old Quarry Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877, USA.


The relaxation of polarized spins in a porous medium has been utilized as a probe of its structure. We note that the governing diffusion problem has a close parallel to that of a particle in a box, an elementary Quantum mechanics toy model. Following the spirits of "free electron" model, we use generic properties of the eigen spectrum to understand features common to a wide variety of pore geometry, consistent with large scale numerical simulations and experimental data.

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