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volumetric cross section

1. n. [Formation Evaluation]
The cross section of a material to photoelectric absorption, in barns/cm3. The volumetric cross section, U, is from the product of the photoelectric factor, PEF or Pe , and the electron density. In practice, U is usually calculated using the bulk density instead of the electron density. U is a volumetric quantity, whereas Pe is not. U is more useful in log interpretation since it can be used in a linear mixing law in terms of the volumes of the formation components.