6 fields of Photonics
The most promising ways of use Photonics
Photonics is one of the most promising areas in the development of physics today. It is dedicated to the study and practical use of the photons properties and consists of many separate but related fields of activity based on light technology.
Lighting technology plays a colossal role in almost every aspect of modern life. Let’s take a look at six most promising fields in the photonics industry for the near future.
Non-destructive testing equipment
This is the process of testing or evaluating materials, components or entire objects for discontinuity — without violating the terms of their use. This method is used in various industries: automotive, transportation, renewable energy sector.
The problem in this area is the lack of qualified specialists and the high cost of testing equipment. However, the development of infrastructure in emerging economies and the use of advanced equipment offers tremendous opportunities for the growth of this industry.
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The night vision
Night vision is used in such important sectors, as fire extinguishing, security and surveillance systems (which is especially important for the armed forces and the automotive industry).
Due to its ease of use and lower cost, night vision is also used in many consumer applications such as home security, surveillance systems, night photography.
The night vision market is expected to grow over 8% until 2025 (read more).
An aging population leads to an increase in the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, there is a growing need for brain imaging technologies. This technology is also needed in the diagnosis of brain injury and cancer.
fMRI, fNIR and PET are the leading light technologies in the brain imaging market. These systems are used in both diagnosis and surgery. MRI-guided neurosurgical ablation is used for deep brain stimulation and laser ablation of tumors and lesions. This market is predicted to grow by 4.5% until 2026 (read more).
Photonic Integrated Circuits
PICs are devices that combine two or more photonic functions. They are used in quantum computing, lasers, biomedical devices, optical communications, etc.
An important driving force of this market today is the high demand for communication systems for the Internet (read more).
Laser diodes directly convert electrical energy into light. They are used in industrial cutting and welding, for fiber-optic communication, in barcode readers, laser pointers and printers, laser scanning, medicine, for determining the distance, in the production of car headlights, etc.
Industrial applications are the leading segment of the laser market. Today, when production can be controlled over the Internet, lasers are becoming the backbone of Industry 4.0 (read more).
Photonic sensors convert light into an electrical signal. They are used in lidars, ladars, laser-induced fluorescence, spectroscopy, calorimetry, scintillation detection, medical diagnostics and automated production.
As companies move towards Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, the use of photonic sensors will continue to increase (read more).
More about the general photonics market read here.