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Air-Lubricated Thermal Processor For Dry Silver Film
Author(s): B. W. Siryj
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Paper Abstract

Since dry silver film is processed by heat, it may be viewed on a light table only seconds after exposure. On the other hand, wet films require both bulky chemicals and substantial time before an image can be analyzed. Processing of dry silver film, although simple in concept, is not so simple when reduced to practice. The main concern is the effect of film temperature gradients on uniformity of optical film density. RCA has developed two thermal processors, different in implementation but based on the same philosophy. Pressurized air is directed to both sides of the film to support the film and to conduct the heat to the film. Porous graphite is used as the medium through which heat and air are introduced. The initial thermal processor was designed to process 9.5-inch-wide film moving at speeds ranging from 0.0034 to 0.008 inch per second. The processor configuration was curved to match the plane generated by the laser recording beam. The second thermal processor was configured to process 5-inch-wide film moving at a continuously variable rate ranging from 0.15 to 3.5 inches per second. Due to field flattening optics used in this laser recorder, the required film processing area was plane. In addition, this processor was sectioned in the direction of film motion, giving the processor the capability of varying both temperature and effective processing area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 1980
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0222, Laser Scanning and Recording for Advanced Image and Data Handling, (10 September 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958644
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B. W. Siryj, Advanced Technology Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0222:
Laser Scanning and Recording for Advanced Image and Data Handling
Albert A. Jamberdino, Editor(s)

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