What is NMR?




Ironically, both Einstein’s theory of relativity and the newest breakthrough in energy exploration goes to the smallest of entities and its properties – the atom and its electrons. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is the magnetic interaction of individual atoms and like molecular compounds in polarity, generated by electron spins. Discovered in 1945 by two eminent physicists working independently at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Dr. Edward Purcell of Harvard and Dr. Felix Bloch of Stanford shared the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries. At the time, some people said, “It’s nice to know, but it doesn’t have much practical application.” Since 1948, over two thousand different patents have been granted for NMR use and equipment, and several Nobel Prizes have been awarded for advancements in the science, the most important and familiar being the medical use of the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

 So what is NMR?  Within the world of physics, magnetism has been known and utilized for many years.  What Purcell and Bloch discovered and described is a separate function of magnetism whereby like atoms in polarity repulse each other so as to generate motion called “resonance,” commonly referred to as “spin lattice.”  All odd-numbered atoms on the periodic table are subject to resonance activity and measurement.  The magnetic element within oil and gas is hydrogen, perhaps the most magnetically active of all atoms.  When hydrogen is bonded with carbon, oil and/or gas is created.  When those hydrocarbons bond to other hydrocarbon molecules, oil and gas compounds are created into what we at Numatex call “fingerprints.”  When like hydrocarbon fingerprints meet in polarity, the nuclear magnetic action (NMR) occurs.  All  NMR requires a “magnetic moment,” precession, and eventually relaxation.  Without those three functions, no process can be called nuclear magnetic resonance.  What medicine does to the human body, we at Numatex do to the earth.  It is all we do, and we know how to do it.

While the oil and gas industry has made numerous geophysical advances in narrowing its focus on drilling success, advances such as 3-D and 4-D seismic, radiometrics, geochem surveys, aeromagnetics, magnetotellurics, and electrotellurics, because of the elusive complexity of solving the NMR riddle, until now no company has come forward with the solutions and expertise by which to look into the earth for its most precious resources. Not only does Numatex, Inc, claim the discovery of the science for oil and gas exploration, we believe from all information before us that no other company has worked as long and as hard to solve the complexities of the science for finding oil and gas and bringing the science forward to the industry for targeted exploration, evaluation of existing fields, and minimizing the risk of dry holes, and not a day too soon. As seen below, Numatex has a strong track record for the successful application of NMR for offset and wildcat drilling and is prepared as of July 21, 2015, to do the same thing for you.  On that date, we received the protection of a United States Patent entitled METHOD FOR DETECTING OIL AND GAS FROM THE SURFACE BY NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE.