Photonic Crystals: Technology and Global Markets

Published - Dec 2007| Analyst - William Nichols| Code - AVM059A
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Report Highlights


  • The global market for photonic crystals will increase from an estimated $13.9 million in 2007 to $32 million by the end of 2008. It should reach $666.4 million by 2013, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 84%.
  • Intellectual property claims continue to show significant increases signifying that photonic crystalline materials are poised to move into the mainstream of the photonics industry.
  • The overall growth in light emission applications is expected to be a stellar 90% over the 5-year forecast period and reach $295 million by 2013.


BCC's goal for this report is to present a clear technical and market assessment for planar and volume photonic crystals and the closely related microstructured fibers.

Our objectives are to critically evaluate the state-of-the-art technology; examine the prevailing market conditions facing their commercialization; and project the market's growth potential over a 5 year period from 2008 to 2013.


This report contains:

Descriptions of various applications of phototonic crystals, including light emission, information technology, optical sensing, energy conversion and light energy delivery
An outline of the basic physical principles of microstructured fibers and multidimensional photonic crystals, highlighting important issues in materials selection, manufacturing and integration
The current market status for photonic crystals, trends, and forecasts for growth over the next 5 years
Discussion of technologies along with a thorough patent analysis
Analysis of several governmental programs with funding targeted specifically at photonic crystal application development.


BCC presents detailed technical, patent, and market analyses of photonic crystalline materials. The information for the report was acquired through interviews with companies developing these materials as well as research scientists. Additional information has been obtained from secondary sources such as the scientific literature; company and research laboratory websites; optical, laser, and photonics trade magazines; and the U.S. patent and trademark database.


William Nichols has 10 years research and development experience in photonic, electronic, and catalytic nanomaterials. He is active in the fields of materials discovery and multifunctional nanostructure design and synthesis. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.


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