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Miniature and Micro Spectrometers: End-user Needs, Markets and Trends

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Miniature and Micro Spectrometers: End-user Needs, Markets and Trends
Published: December 15, 2016 Content info: 182 Pages

Miniaturization opens new In-line, On-field, Point-of-Care and Consumer Applications


The molecular spectrometer systems market has reached $ 4.5b in 2015. Inside this market, the fastest growing segment is the market of miniaturized spectrometers. Miniature spectrometers, and then micro spectrometers, were develop to make available the use of spectrometers outside analytics laboratories, thanks to an increased ease-of-use, a reduction of costs and a decreased time-to-result.

The total molecular spectroscopy market will experience a 7% annual growth rate while the market of mini and micro spectrometers is expected to grow at a CAGR2015-2021 of 11%. This important growth will be due to a wider adoption of spectrometers on-field and for in-process applications in industry. Spectrometers manufacturers also target Point-of-Care (POC) and consumer applications like food testing.

These large series applications are enabled by further decrease of size and costs of spectrometers thanks to innovative components like MEMS and MOEMS and designs.

The report provides the market revenue breakdown between conventional and compact spectrometers. It also includes detailed market revenue and units forecasts by application from 2015 to 2021 for mini and micro spectrometers and an analysis by segment.


Miniature and micro spectrometers did not only replace classical spectrometers by bringing lab measurements to the field or the process line, they also open new applications where spectroscopy is not used today: precision agriculture, consumer food testing, etc. The range of potential applications is very broad.

The market is split into a wide variety of niche applications, each one having its own requirements in terms of performance, costs, design, operating conditions, etc. It implies the development of products specific to each segment.

Currently Research and industrial optical characterization of LEDS, lasers and displays are the biggest segments. The rest of the market is more an accumulation of many custom developments.


To reach these applications, technological breakthroughs are necessary. Miniaturization is through new designs and disruptive technologies. Recent progresses take advantage of new micro-technologies such as MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) MOEMS (Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems), micro-mirror arrays or Linear Variable Filters to reduce cost and size of spectrometers while allowing good performance and high volume manufacturability. Integrated photonics are also used in some products to improve their robustness.


  • Provide a definition to discriminate between miniature spectrometers and micro spectrometers
  • Provide the first market data and forecast for mini and micro spectrometers
  • Describe and segment the various strategies for miniaturization of spectrometers at commercial and research levels
  • List the applications of mini and micro spectrometers and determine the ones with the highest potential
  • Understand end-users requirements and challenges to overcome for a wider adoption of mini and micro spectrometers


  • Miniature and micro OEM spectrometers manufacturers: Admesy, Attonics Systems, Avantes, Axsun, B&WTek, BaySpec, Block Engineering, Control Development, Equitech Int'l Corp, Gamma Scientific, getAmo, Hamamatsu Photonics, Headwall, HighFinesse Laser and Electronics Systems, Hiperscan, Horiba, Ibsen, Insion, Instruments Systems, IS instruments, JETI Technische Instrumente, Nano Optics Devices, Ocean Optics, Oto Photonics, Photon Control, PhotonTec Berlin, Radiantis, Resolution Spectra, RGB Photonics, Si Ware, Snowy Range Instruments, Solar Laser System, Spectral engine, Spectral Products, Stellarnet, Texas Instruments, Thorlabs, Tornado Spectral Systems, Wasatch Photonics, Zeiss Spectroscopy and others...
  • Providers of measurement systems based on compact spectrometers are also quoted in this report.


Clementine Bouyé is analyst at Tematys. She is an expert in Biophotonics and Industrial markets and technologies. She manages the production of several study reports on the market and trends of Photonics technologies.

Benoît d'Humières is an expert in Optics, Electronics and Instru-mentation for industrial and research applications.

He has run many marketing and technological studies for major companies (THALES, ESSILOR, EDF...) and Research insti-tutions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

  • Study goals and objectives
  • Information sources and methodology
  • Glossary
  • Definitions
  • List of companies

3. Context and definition of mini and micro spectrometers

  • From Photonics to the function
  • Definition of miniature spectrometers and of micro spectrometers

4. A dynamic market attracting new players

  • Market data 2015
  • Forecasts from 2016 to 2020
  • Players: who will capture the value?

5. Strategies for miniaturization of spectrometers

  • General presentation
  • Dispersive spectroscopy
  • Fourier Transform spectroscopy
  • Other emerging types of spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopy systems: Challenge for Adaptation to the application

6. Applications trends of mini and micro spectrometers

  • Current status: abundance of niche markets
  • A well-identified industrial application: optical characterization
  • Focus on the most promising applications

7. Appendices

  • Methodology
  • Presentation of TEMATYS
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