This Research Review provides portions of several 2013 market research reports covering various global photonics markets.
Light—its emission, transmission, modulation and detection—is an engine of support for many of today’s technologies. Just as electronics surged through the 20th century from the primitive days of transistors in the 1940s, the invention of the laser in the 1960s precipitated techniques that play a dominant role in the 21st century. Photonics allows new capabilities and cost savings in manufacturing, energy, medicine, and many other sectors. While U.S. photonics companies have had success in specialized markets, they have been less successful in markets requiring mass-production scale.
Economically important applications for semiconductor photonic devices include optical data recording, fiber optic telecommunications, displays and optical pumping of high-power lasers. The potential applications of photonics are virtually unlimited and include chemical synthesis, medical diagnostics, on-chip data communication, laser defense and fusion energy.
This Photonics Research Review provides a sampling of the type of quantitative market information, analysis and guidance. It includes highlights of reports published in 2013.
This Photonics Research Review provides: