Attenuated total reflection (ATR) is a convenient mode for single fiber analysis by infrared microspectroscopy, particularly when transmission spectra are difficult to obtain or when surface preferenced sampling is desirable. Textile finishes such as spin finishes, anti-static finishes, and permanent press finishes are revealed by ATR techniques. Bicomponent fibers may be analyzed by a combination of ATR techniques, transmission techniques, and spectral subtraction.
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