Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 33(9), 1077 (2017).

Characterization of Inclusions in Evolution of Sodium Sulfate Using Terahertz Time-domain Spectroscopy
Rima BAO,* Zhikui WU,* Hao LI,** Fang WANG,* Xinyang MIAO,* and Chengjing FENG*
*Beijing Key Laboratory of Optical Detection Technology for Oil and Gas, China University of Petroleum, Beijing 102249, P. R. China
**Petroleum Exploration & Production Research Institute, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), Beijing 100083, P. R. China
The study of fluid inclusion is one of the important means to understanding the evolution of mineral crystals, and can therefore provide original information of mineral evolution. In the process of evolution, outside factors such as temperature and pressure, directly affect the number and size of inclusions, and thus are related to the properties of crystals. In this paper, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was used to detect sodium sulfate crystals with different growth temperatures, and absorption coefficient spectra of the samples were obtained. It is suggested that the evolution of sodium sulfate could be divided into two stages, and 80°C was the turning point. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and polarizing microscopy were used to support this conclusion. The research showed that THz-TDS could characterize the evolution of mineral crystals, and it had a unique advantage in terms of crystal evolution.