Patent Number: 6,251,571

Title: Non-photosensitive, thermally imageable element having improved room light stability

Abstract: Novel thermally imageable monochrome product compositions, elements, and processes are disclosed herein. These compositions and elements characteristically have high contrast and fast imaging speeds. The thermally imageable compositions of this invention contain at least one polymeric binder, a specified leuco dye and a specified hydroxylamine compound. These compositions have the propensity for affording, upon thermal imaging, highly colored images having high optical density values. At the same time, background color is low in preferred compositions even after extensive exposure to ambient light. These compositions can be imagewise heated to effect color formation (i.e., generation of an image) or, in case of compositions containing at least one near IR-absorbing dye, can be imagewise exposed to near IR radiation from a laser or other device to effect color formation (i.e., generation of an image).

Inventors: Dessauer; Rolf (Greenville, DE), Caspar; Jonathan V (Henry Clay Village, DE)

Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

International Classification: B41M 5/30 (20060101); B41M 5/337 (20060101); G03C 001/73 (); G03C 001/815 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018