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Figure 7

From: Fourier-transform infrared anisotropy in cross and parallel sections of tendon and articular cartilage

Figure 7

(a) The transitional moments of one pair of amide bonds at one location in the triple helix. The distribution of numerous amide bonds along the fibril axis would be similar to the cone structures as in (b). When the long axis of the fibrils is parallel to tissue section (b), the 'projection' of the transition moment 'cone' varies its size at the 2D z-z' plane with the change of polarization state. Consequently, there will be infrared anisotropy in (b). When the long axis of the fibrils is perpendicular to the tissue section (c), the 'projection' of the transition moment 'cone' remains the same at the 2D z' plane regardless of the polarization state. Consequently, there will be no infrared anisotropy in (c).

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