Abstract

The γ-ruticon is an image buffer device that has already been described in the literature. We present here the theory of its image formation mechanism and derive the total device image transfer function. We show that we can separate the ruticon imaging mechanism into three distinct and independent parts: the photoconductor mechanism that produces an electrostatic image; the elastomer mechanism that transforms the electrostatic image into a surface relief image; and the optical readout mechanism that translates the surface relief image into a conventional image. The influence of each of these mechanisms on the characteristics of the final image is investigated.

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