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Infrared Photodetectors and Imaging Systems: Technology and Market Trends

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Infrared Photodetectors and Imaging Systems: Technology and Market Trends
Published: September 9, 2015 Content info: 246 Pages

This publication has been discontinued on January 14, 2020.


Infrared Photodetectors are critical components of most Military Night Vision systems.

Will third generation technologies pave the way to new applications in Defense as well as in Civil Markets ?

IR Photodetectors manufacturers are facing new Challenges ...

This report covers technologies and applications of Infrared Imaging Photodetectors, cameras and related systems.

For more than 50 years, Infrared Photodetectors have been at the heart of critical defense and security night vision systems. They have also been used in commercial products (such as cameras for thermography) as well as in military and civil satellites.

Most IR Photodetectors are cooled and require cryogenic devices to achieve operating temperature.

IR Photodetectors manufacturers have been facing new Challenges in the last years:

  • Continuing decline of military spending in many countries due to budget constraints (especially in US and Europe).
  • Market entry of uncooled thermal detectors such as microbolometers, which are competitive for low/medium performance applications in LWIR.
  • Unfulfilled needs for night vision equipment in terms of Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP).

... But addressing these challenges allows them to reach new market opportunities

These challenges have caused manufacturers of IR Photodetectors and systems as well as their R&D partners to intensify efforts:

  • To improve products performances while reducing cost and SWaP,
  • To provide advanced and added functionalities such as multiband, multicolor, active imaging, integrated optics ...
  • To adapt their business models to reach new IR imaging applications and explore new markets.

Photodetectors are still the preferred components for IR military systems due to limitations of thermal detectors in terms of sensibility, frame rate and wavelengths. Infrared Photodetectors manufacturers also managed to respond to the endless need for greater mission capabilities in the area of Night Vision. Infrared Photodetectors are reaching new Opportunities in Defense but also in commercial and industrial markets (see figure below). Along with market forecasts, this report details current and future trends in IR imaging Photodetectors and Systems.


Objectives of the report

  • Understand the current IR imaging Photodetectors market dominated by the major application i.e. Defense night vision systems
  • Provide market shares of main IR Photodetectors manufacturers
  • Determine the next main opportunities of IR imaging Photodetectors
  • Provide market forecast until 2020 for each application
  • Describe future trends and challenges of IR Photodetectors technologies
  • Understand the Value chains and Identify IR imaging Photodetectors & systems manufacturers worldwide as well as R&D players

Key Features of the report

  • Segmentation of the market of IR imaging Photodetectors
  • Market forecast by applications until 2020
  • Market shares of main IR imaging Photodetectors manufacturers
  • Technology trends and future challenges
  • Value chain from IR imaging components to systems

Companies mentioned in the report

ABB, Agiltron, AIM, Airbus DS Optronics, Allied Vision Technologies, Almaz-Antey, AIRS, Artray, Aselsan, BAE Systems, BaySpec, Bharat Electronics, Bioptigen, Boeing, Bosch, Bruker, Cantronic Systems, LETI, Chemlmage Sensor Systems, Chunghwa, Controp, Debut Optoelectronic Sensor, Defence Vision Systems, Denel, Diehl BGT Defence, DRS Technologies, Edevis, Elbit Systems, Eloptro, EPIR Technologies, Esders, Esterline CMC Electronics, EVK DI Kerschhaggl, FLIR Systems, Gas Imaging Technology, General Dynamics, Hamamatsu, Headwall Photonics, HGH Infrared Systems, Honeywell, Hood Technology, HRL Laboratories, i3system, IAI, Indra, Infrared Cameras, Infrared Laboratories, InfraTec, IntelliEPi, Intevac, IQE, IRCameras, Irnova, Jenoptik, Keii, Kongsberg, L-3 Com, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, New Imaging Technologies, New Infrared Technologies, NikkoIA, NORINCO Group, North Night Vision Technology, Northrop Grumman, Opgal, Orion R&P, Paramount Group, Photon etc, Photopribor, Princeton Lightwave, QmagiQ, QWIPTech, Rafael, RAM-System, Raptor Photonics, Raytheon, Rheinmetall Defense Electronics, Ricor, Saab Dynamics, Sagem, Santa Barbara Focalplane, Santa Barbara Infrared, SCD, Selex ES, Sensors Unlimited, Siemens, SiOnyx, Sofradir, SRI International (Sarnoff), STELOP, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC, Taurus Systems, Teledyne, Telops, Thales, Thermoconcept, UOMZ, UTC Aerospace Systems, Vumii, Vympel NPO, Wuhan Guide Infrared, Xenics, ...

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • 1.Introduction
  • 2.Overview of Infrared Imaging Technologies and Applications
  • 3.IR Cameras and Systems Applications and Market Analysis
  • 4.Infrared Photodetectors FPA Market Analysis
  • 5.Infrared Photodetectors FPA Technologies
  • 6.Conclusions
  • 7.Appendix: IR Photodetectors Companies
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