Adaptive Optics: Technologies and Global Markets

Published - Jun 2014| Analyst - John Bourgein| Code - PHO008A
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Report Highlights

The global market for adaptive optics (AO) systems reached $139 million in 2013. This market is expected to grow to $157 million in 2014 and about $40.7 billion in 2022, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 87.9% over the nine-year period from 2013 to 2022.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the global market for adaptive optics 
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022.
  • A breakdown of the market into segments including astronomy, biomedical, military/security, consumer, communications and sensing, and manufacturing
  • Details on major suppliers, including their market shares, their technology strengths and weaknesses, and their market strategies
  • Comprehensive profiles of leading companies in the industry.


The primary scope of this report is to investigate market revenue growth prospects for AO systems. These include near eye displays, mobile displays, machine vision, adaptive driver assistance systems (ADAS) for automobiles, medical systems and emerging markets such as 3D printing. The report forecasts growth of existing AO markets, including scientific research applications, medical and military applications. It also includes estimates of the system cost reductions resulting from technology developments and the economies of manufacturing consumer quantities of components.

Various factors were taken into account in making the market forecast, including new technologies, and the rate of technology and market adoption with realistic assessments of the role of AO as a disruptive as well as a sustaining technology.

The report will look at how the development of new technologies affects price and performance. In some cases, the need for the highest quality AO system will mean system prices remain high. However, the introduction of new materials and technologies will enable AO systems to be integrated into high-volume consumer products.

Recent advances in materials technology, including graphene, electrically sensitive polymers and other materials, can dramatically reduce the cost of components. Advances in the interrogation and modulation of an aberrated wavefront offer reduced cost and increased speed. These and other advantages provide large cost reductions for applications in the medical, military, industrial and consumer segments.

The report also recognizes major global social and economic trends and their impact on market growth as drivers of technology development in all market segments.


John Bourgein has several decades experience in high technology with global corporations as well as start-ups. This includes the semiconductor, digital security, sensor and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries, and consumer product-related assignments as a consultant. He has both public accounting qualifications and a marketing MBA from Columbia University.

Recent research and product development projects include emissions control using Fabry-Perot extrinsic optical sensors and a revolutionary head mounted display technology which, unfortunately, cannot be mentioned in this report.

He has worked with law firms as a consultant in identifying breaches of IP as well as defensive research on prior art. He also found a buyer for a small photonics company’s portfolio of patents, relating to a single technology, which sold in the seven-figure range.

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