Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
Mid IR sensor markets at $789 million in 2012 are anticipated to reach $7 billion by 2019 as price performance increases and unit costs decrease from $3,000 per unit to $300 and even to $8 or less per unit on average drive further interest from commercial buyers. The decrease in size of units from bench size devices to portable units makes them more useful across the board in every industry.
Mid IR sensors (http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/268947-mid-ir-sensors-market-shares-strategies-and-forecasts-worldwide-2013-to-2019.html) can measure chemical composition of materials and gas. The efficiency is unmatched by any other technology, cost is increasingly competitive. Mid IR is extending use beyond military applications to commercial systems, including the Internet of things where sensors become part of network systems.
Mid-IR QCL systems have achieved price performance levels that are increasingly attractive. Vendors bring sensing capabilities to a broad range of applications, including: spectroscopic and bio-medical imaging; materials characterization; standoff explosive detection; microscopy; and non-destructive testing. Spectroscopy and imaging measurements are easier, faster and more cost-effective leveraging advances in Mid IR sensing.
Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology is very promising. Mid-infrared sensors and imaging applications depend on quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology. Daylight Solutions quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology has been delivered to more systems for more customers in more applications than all other QCL-based solutions combined.
Advances in QC laser technology and spectrometer hardware are combined with spectroscopic techniques.
Intra pulse spectroscopy and similar techniques provide a major step change in sensitivity, speed of operation, fingerprinting capability, size and cost. They offer a major improvement on methods of gas detection. Recent advances in spectrometer hardware relate to QC gas sensors. Advances exploit recent technological advances including miniaturized integrated electronic systems, plug and play interfaces and micro optics. These will progressively replace unwieldy, fragile and expensive instrumentation.
The lasing wavelength for QCL's is determined by the choice of semiconductor material. By adjusting the physical thickness of the semiconductor layers new functionality is achieved. This removes the material barriers associated with conventional semiconductor laser technology.
An infrared spectroscopic laser source has no need for cryogenic cooling, provides high output powers, has large spectral coverage, provides excellent spectral quality, and has good tune ability.
Homeland security, military communications, infrared countermeasures, chemical warfare agent detection, explosives detection, medical diagnostics, imaging and industrial process controls, fire detection and remote gas leak detection, pollution monitoring, and real-time combustion controls are uses for the mid IR sensors.
According to the report “Taking mid-IR QCL systems to new price to performance levels, vendors bring new capabilities to a broad range of applications. Applications anticipated to gain market traction include: spectroscopic and bio-medical imaging; materials characterization; standoff explosive detection; microscopy; and non-destructive testing. Spectroscopy and imaging measurements are now easier, faster and more cost-effective than ever before."
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MID IR Sensors Companies:
2. Daylight Solutions
4. Sensor Switch Occupancy Sensor
5. Structured Materials Industries
6. Block Engineering Quantum Cascade Laser
8. Ekips Technologies
9. JonDeTech AB
10. Micropelt Energy Harvesting
12. Agiltron / SensArrayInfrared
13. Mirthe Mid IR Sensor Breath Analyzers
14. Cascade Technologies
15. Thorlabs/ Maxion
16. VIASPACE Ionfinity
17. Power Technology Quantum-Cascade Lasers
18. M Squared Next-Generation Bio-Medical Lasers
19. Thermo Fischer Scientific / NovaWave Technologies
20. GE Sensors
21. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Electronics and Systems Integration
23. AdTech Optics
24. Opto Solutions
25. Sentinel Photonics
26. Newport Corporation / ILX Lightwave
28. Telops IR Sensors
29. Ulis Pro Series Ulir Pico640P
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