Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
A hypo clearing agent is important only if one is concerned with reducing wash times and water usage. Without one the amount of silver and thiosulfate can still be reduced to a desirable level but at the cost of time and water. The fiixing process is a diffusion controlled process. So the role of sulfite is to cause the paper fibers to release the silver-thiosulfate complex more readily.
Thank you, Gerald. May I ask you to clarify, therefore, if this also means that, in your opinion, sodium sulfite does not fulfil any roles in desorbing the silver-thiosulfate complexes from the emulsion, especially those adsorbed to the silver crystal grains (as opposed to just the paper fibres), nor can it aid in converting the less soluble complexes to the more soluble ones, as Doremus stated earlier? I appreciate your opinion on this, very much.