Abstract

The vertical component of gravitational attraction gz of a circular disk is of some interest in geophysics since it can be used to obtain attraction of 3-D bodies whose parallel sections are circular and also since the solid angle Ω subtended by a disc at any point is proportional to gz at the same point (Ramsey, 1940, p. 36). Solid angles may be needed in some diffraction calculations in exploration seismology (see, e.g., Hilterman, 1975). It is clear, however, that in calculation of attraction from 3-D bodies, approximation of the cross-sections by a polygon (Talwani and Ewing, 1960) has wider application.

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