Measurement of Biological Fibers

The nanostructure of human hair fibers was measured with the SAXSpace laboratory SAXS/WAXS system to use it for diagnostic screening.


Small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SWAXS) is a powerful tool to characterize fibrous samples such as hair fibers. SAXS determines the self-assembled (nano-sized) structures of such materials, i.e. lamella repeat distance and long-range order.

Many diseases are known to change the nanostructure of hair fibers; thus, SAXS is a potential tool for a fast and accurate diagnostic screening.

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