Changes in version 1.1

  • the tesseroids license was changed from the GNU GPL to the more permissive BSD license (see the license text).
  • tess2prism has a new flag –flatten to make the prism model by flattening the tesseroids (i.e., 1 degree = 111km) into Cartesian coordinates (so that they can be used with the prismg* programs).
  • tessg* programs have a new flag -t used to control the distance-size ratio for the automatic recursive division of tesseroids.
  • NEW PROGRAMS prismpots, prismgs, and prismggts, to calculate the prism effects in spherical coordinates. These programs are compatible with the output of tess2prism (see this recipe for an example).
  • NEW PROGRAM tesslayers to generate a tesseroid model of a stack of layers from grids of the thickness and density of each layer. tesslayers complements the functionality of tessmodgen and can be used to generate crustal models, sedimentary basin models, etc. (see this recipe for an example).
  • tesseroids now strictly follows the ANSI C standard.
  • Bug fix: prismpot, prismgx, prismgy, prismgz, and prismgxy had problems with a log(z + r) when the computation point was bellow the top of the prism (zp > prism.z1). Fixed by calculating on top of the prism when this happens, then changing the sign of the result when needed (only for gz).
  • Bug fix: the tessg and prismg family of programs was crashing when the model file is empty. Now they fail with an error message.

Changes in version 1.0

Tesseroids 1.0 was completely re-coded in the C programming language and is much faster and more stable than the 0.3 release. Here is a list of new features:

  • tesspot and tessg* programs now take the computation points as input, allowing for custom grids.
  • tesspot and tessg* programs now automatically subdivide a tesseroid if needed to maintain GLQ precision (this makes computations up to 5x faster and safer).
  • Automated model generation using program tessmodgen.
  • Regular grid generation with program tessgrd.
  • Total mass calculation with program tessmass.
  • Programs to calculate the gravitational fields of right rectangular prisms in Cartesian coordinates.
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  • Easy source code compilation with SCons.