Strategies Unlimited is offering a special research report on mid-infrared lasers, the latest in a long series of comprehensive market reports on lasers produced by Strategies Unlimited. The study examines the spectrum between telecom lasers and the terahertz range: from about 1.8 microns to about 15 microns. The mid-infrared range is known for covert and eye-safe operation, for the thermal vibrations of molecules (used in sensing and thermal imaging), and for the cheap photons of high-power CO2 lasers, to name a few of the features. However, the range is also known for expensive components, bulky products, and until recently, low output power among the newer, more promising technologies. Now new, compact, and more scalable technologies promise to expand the market in new applications, particularly in military and sensing.
The report includes over 150 pages of detail on technology and application trends. It includes forecasts by unit sales, selling prices, and revenues to 2014 for each application and laser type. The report also includes a model for scaling the wafer-based semiconductor laser products to larger volumes and lower prices. It lists of over 50 suppliers of the different types of mid-infrared lasers, and discusses trends in consolidation within the supply chains of each sector.