In the late 1960's, Weyde discovered that treating conventionally processed silver halide films with hydrogen peroxide led to intensified densities by the superimposition of vesicles at the silver image sites. This project attempted to reproduce the results of 5° - 10°DIN speed increase and excellent sharpness mentioned in the patents issued to Weyde. Using the patents as a reference, a paste of urea hydrogen peroxide and PEG was examined as an image intensifier, with no success. Alternate binders suggested in the patents were then examined, Triton X-405 proving to be the best. A paste of 4g. urea hydrogen peroxide in 10 ml. Triton X-405 produced strips of from zero to two stops increase in speed and gamma as high as twenty-five on Copex Pan, (a slow speed microfilm). The excellent definition quoted in the patents was never realized.
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Photography|xFilms; Images, Photographic
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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)
Grabenstetter, William, "Image Intensification by Superimposed Vesicular Images Generated by Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide" (1977). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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