The classical solution of the point-excited spherical shell, in the form of a normal-mode series, converges poorly for large frequencies. By applying the Watson-Sommerfeld transformation to this series, the response is expressed as a sum of only two terms. These terms can be interpreted, respectively, as the near-field response and propagating flexural wave field of an infinite flat plate, the latter term being multiplied by a factor whose maxima coincide with the natural frequencies of the shell.

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