Original Publication Date: 1976-Mar-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-27
Xerox Disclosure Journal
There is described a deformation imaging system including an imaging member comprising a layer of a surface deformable material, a layer of an elastomer material and means for establishing an imagewise electrical field across at least the surface deformable material layer and/or the elastomer layer. Generally, the imaging members are imaged by es- tablishing an imagewise electrical field across the surface deformable material layer and/or the elastomer layer, softening the surface deformable material, such as by ohmic heating, until it deforms and subsequently allowing the surface deformable material to cool whereby the surface de- formable material layer and the elastomer layer permanently deform in an imagewise pattern corresponding to the image- wise electrical field. The imaged member may be read out with transmission or reflection optical systems employing a Schlieren optical system, The imaging mertiber may be used in a recyclible mode by erasing the image by softening the surface deformable material until it forms a smooth layer and then re-imaging the member.