The Global Adaptive Optics Market Presents Substantial Growth Opportunities During the Forecast Period

Adaptive Optics Market by Component (Wavefront Sensor, Wavefront Modulator, Control System), End-User Industry (Consumer, Astronomy, Military & Defense, Biomedical, Industrial & Manufacturing, Communication), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023

The adaptive optics market is expected grow from USD 218.8 Million in 2016 to USD 2,190.9 Million by 2023, at a CAGR of 40.8% from 2017 to 2023. The major drivers for the growth of this market are the adoption of adaptive optics in ophthalmology and retinal imaging as well as increased government funding. Moreover, advancing adaptive optics technology and need for corrective eyewear is further propelling its market growth.

In the component segment, wavefront sensors hold the largest share of market. Moreover, the market for wavefront sensors is expected to grow at the highest rate in market from 2017 to 2023. These sensors are used in various adaptive optics applications; for instance, wavefront sensors are used for many laser applications such as laser beam diagnostic and laser material processing for controlling laser beam shape and size to increase accuracy. The wavefront measurement is also required in many optical applications to characterize the profile of optical components or to estimate the aberrations to which the input wavefront has been subjected. Similarly, wavefront sensing can be used in metrology and microscopy.

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Among the various end-user industries covered in this report, military and defense held the largest market share, followed by the biomedical industry. Adaptive optics in military and defense is used for the development of state-of-the art defense weapons and highly sophisticated guidance systems. These are also used as a method for improving the effectiveness of direct energy weapons. Also, there is a growing demand for finding ways to apply adaptive optics in horizontal path surveillance systems in the military industry. However, with the development of LCoS-SLM and MEMS deformable mirrors, the consumer industry is likely to exhibit the highest growth in the forecast period.

The key restraining factors for this market are the complex designing techniques and high initial cost. Teledyne e2v (UK) LTD (UK), NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION (US), Thorlabs, Inc. (US), Imagine Optic SA (France), and Boston Micromachines Corporation (US), were some of the leading players in the adaptive optics market as of 2016.

These companies primarily focus on organic strategies for market expansion through product launches and in-house development. Some of the key players who follow these growth strategies are Thorlabs, Inc. (US), Teledyne e2v (UK) Ltd., and Flexible Optical B.V. (Netherlands). For instance, in November 2016, Thorlabs launched EXULUS-HD1, a reflective two-dimensional spatial light modulator (SLM) based on liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) technology. This device provides high-speed phase modulation and high resolution and is suitable for applications such as optical trapping, beam steering and shaping, holography, and adaptive optics.

Companies that are profiled in this report are Teledyne e2v (UK) LTD (UK), NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION (US), Thorlabs, Inc. (US), Iris AO, Inc. (US), Adaptica S.r.l. (Italy), Active Optical Systems, LLC (US), Flexible Optical B.V. (Netherlands), Imagine Optic SA (France), Boston Micromachines Corporation (US), and Phasics Corp. (France).

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