COLOR SEPARATION WITH ELECTRONICALLY CHARGED FILTERS
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Xerox Disclosure Journal
A liquid crystal cell is used as an electronically programmable filter for rapid color separation in an electrophotographic printing machine. The liquid crystal filter may be located at several places in the optical path. For example: on the platen cover (for transparent documents), at the platen, in the iJlumination system, on one of several mirrors, in front of a lens, or even as one of the lens elements. The color of the filter may be controlled on a line-by-line, scan-by-scan, or even on a pixel-by-pixel basis depending on the filter speed capabilities and system requirements. Since the filter is changeable while light collects at a sensor, the filter spectral response may be integrated to simulate a custom fiter. Cost considerations detennine size and placement of the filter. Since the number of filters used is not limited by mechanical space or image sensor cost, more than the three traditional fdters may be used to obtain an extended color gamut, and thus reduce troublesome metamerism.