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Field test results of compound specific isotope analyzer based on quantum cascade lasers and hollow waveguide
Author(s): Sheng Wu; Andrei Deev
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Paper Abstract

The first of its kind Gas Chromatograph Infra Red Isotope Ratio (GC-IR2) instruments have been deployed to the field to help the identification of sweet spot during the shale gas exploration. The onsite measurement capability of the GC-IR2 along with its accuracy and speed helped the discovery of the fast dynamics of gas release from shale cuttings. The half life of the isotope change for methane, ethane and propane released from shale cuttings is closely related to the porosity and permeability of the specific shale reservoir, and could be as short as a one hour to a couple of days. Initial δ13C values for methane could be extremely fractionated toward heavy 13C species that values in the -20~<-10 per mil, which belong to inorganic methane could be measured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9370, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices XII, 937010 (8 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080737
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Sheng Wu, PEER Institute, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Andrei Deev, PEER Institute, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9370:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices XII
Manijeh Razeghi; Eric Tournié; Gail J. Brown, Editor(s)

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