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enhanced diffusion

1. adj. [Formation Evaluation]
A technique in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logging based on a long echo spacing, specially chosen to enhance the diffusion of formation water. Echo spacings in standard NMR logs are too short to allow any significant diffusion relaxation from water. Long echo spacings, for example 3 s, cause diffusion relaxation to limit the maximum T2 from water. They also limit the maximum T2 from light hydrocarbons. However, there is a certain range of viscosity of medium oil that is less affected. The enhanced diffusion technique therefore permits the identification of some medium oils.