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The problem of the diffraction of a plane electromagnetic wave by a small perfectly conducting oblate spheroid for the case of normal incidence has been investigated by an expansion method. By retaining three terms of the exponential function contained in the incident field, it is possible to describe both the incident field and the near-zone scattered field in terms of a finite number of discrete modes which satisfy the third order vector equation Â¿ Ã (Â¿2 A) = 0, where A denotes a solenoidal vector representing either the electric field or the magnetic field. When the eccentricity of the spheroid approaches zero, the general solution reduces to the exact solution for a small sphere. When the spheroid degenerates into a disk, the expressions for the charge and the current agree with the leading terms of the corresponding expressions obtained by Meixner, Andrejewski, and Bouwkamp.