For MT receivers, the x coordinate of the receivers is ignored by MARE2DEM since the 2D MT fields are strike invariant. For controlled-source electromagnetic receivers, there are a few considerations you need to mind about the accuracy of MARE2DEM, which uses a total field implementation for the source and a wavenumber domain transformation to compute the spatially varying EM fields:
- The receiver x component should be close the to transmitter x position. Receivers don't need to be perfectly inline, but if they are more than 1-2 km down-strike from the transmitter (gray regions below), the default settings for the wavenumber domain transforms in MARE2DEM may break down due to highly oscillatory kernel functions.
- Due to the source singularity in the 2.5D wavenumber domain, receivers located down strike from the transmitter (pink region below) may be inaccurate unless they are positioned much deeper than the source.
- If modeling point dipoles, remember that receivers closer than a few real dipole lengths from the transmitter will be inaccurate due to finite length dipole effects (red region below). You can instead specify a finite length dipole in the data file, but this comes at an increased numerical effort for MARE2DEM (more on that in another tutorial).