Quantum Cascade Laser Market Size & Share, by Fabrication Type (Fabry-Perot Lasers, Distributed Feedback Lasers, External Cavity Lasers, Extended Tuning Devices); Operation Mode (Continuous Wave Mode, Pulsed Mode); Type (C-Mount, HHL and VHL Package, TO3 Package); End-user Industry (Industrial, Healthcare, Military & Defense, Telecommunication, Food & Beverages) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Aug 31, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2035

Quantum Cascade Laser Market size is poised to reach USD 850 Million by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of quantum cascade laser was USD 300 Million. The increasing trend of miniaturization of sensing components has enabled the integration of several sensing components into a single device, which in turn is driving the demand for miniaturized sensing devices such as quantum cascade lasers. Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) can be used to create smaller sensors that can be used in a variety of applications such as medical imaging, environmental sensing, and automotive safety. They can also be used to create more efficient and accurate optical systems that are more compact than conventional lasers.

QCLs had established a strong presence in defense and aerospace applications, such as infrared countermeasures, LIDAR systems, and remote sensing. This is due to their high power levels, low cost, and reliable operation under extreme environmental conditions, such as high temperatures, vibration, and shock. Additionally, they have a wide spectral range and can be tuned to allow precise control of the laser's output.

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Quantum Cascade Laser Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Popularity of QCLs in Spectroscopy- QCLs have revolutionized the field of spectroscopy. They offer unique advantages over traditional lasers, such as their ability to emit in the mid-infrared region, which is particularly useful for detecting certain chemical compounds. This allows scientists to detect compounds that were previously difficult to observe, such as volatile organic compounds that are found in the atmosphere and can cause air pollution. QCLs also have a much higher power output than traditional lasers, allowing for more precise detection and measurement.
  • Applications of Quantum Cascade Lasers in Gas Sensing- QLCs have numerous applications in gas sensing due to their ability to emit light at specific wavelengths. This allows for highly accurate and sensitive detection of gases in the atmosphere. Unlike traditional gas sensors, QCL-based sensors can detect multiple gases simultaneously and with high specificity. This makes them ideal for industrial and environmental monitoring applications where the detection of trace amounts of gases is critical.
  • Emerging use of QCLs in Medical Diagnostics- QCLs are a type of semiconductor laser that can be tuned to emit light at different wavelengths. This means that they can be used to measure very specific molecules in the breath or blood, allowing for more accurate and precise detection of diseases than traditional methods. This would allow doctors to diagnose illnesses much earlier and provide more effective treatments, potentially saving the lives of countless people.


  • High Cost of Fabrication: QCLs can be expensive to manufacture due to their complex design and the need for precise semiconductor layer deposition. The complexity of the design increases the cost of fabrication, while the need to precisely deposit many layers of semiconductor materials increases the cost of materials and labor. Reducing production costs is a significant challenge to make QCLs more commercially viable.
  • Competition from alternative technologies such as diode lasers and fiber lasers
  • Obstacles to regulatory and safety compliance in sectors such as healthcare and defense

Quantum Cascade Laser Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 300 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 850 Million

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Quantum Cascade Laser Segmentation

Type (C-Mount, HHL and VHL Package, TO3 Package)

The C-mount segment in the quantum cascade laser market is estimated to gain the largest revenue share of about ~41% in the year 2035. The segment's growth is attributed to the reliability, robustness, and cost-effectiveness of C-mount lasers, making them an attractive option for many industrial applications. Additionally, C-mount lasers are capable of producing higher power outputs than other types of lasers, which makes them ideal for applications such as line scanning, 3D printing, and medical diagnostics.

Operation Mode (Continuous Wave Mode, Pulsed Mode)

Quantum cascade laser market from the continuous wave mode segment is estimated to gain a significant share of about ~55% in the year 2035. The segment growth can be attributed to the continuous wave mode segment is expected to grow at a higher rate due to its ability to emit laser light at a continuous rate. This makes them ideal for applications such as spectroscopy, sensing, and laser material processing. Additionally, because the laser is always on, it is more efficient than other laser modes which require the laser to be switched on and off, resulting in higher energy savings.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

    Fabrication Type

  • Fabry-Perot Lasers
  • Distributed Feedback Lasers
  • External Cavity Lasers
  • Extended Tuning Devices

    Operation Mode

  • Continuous Wave Mode
  • Pulsed Mode


  • C-Mount
  • HHL and VHL Package
  • TO3 Package

     End-User Industry

  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Military & Defense
  • Telecommunication
  • Food & Beverages

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Quantum Cascade Laser Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

Quantum cascade laser market in North America, amongst the market in all the other regions, is anticipated to hold the largest with a share of about ~37% by the end of 2035. The market growth in the region is also expected on account of the increasing demand for containerized data centers and rising investments in the research and development of quantum cascade lasers.

Data centers require lasers for a variety of applications, including data storage, communication, and networking. As the demand for data centers continues to increase, so does the demand for quantum cascade lasers, which are the most efficient type of laser for these tasks. Moreover, the increasing use of quantum cascade lasers in a number of applications, such as spectroscopy, sensing, and telecommunications, is expected to drive the market in the region.

APAC Market Statistics

The Asia Pacific quantum cascade laser market is estimated to be the second largest, registering a share of about ~28% by the end of 2035. The market’s expansion can be attributed majorly to the increasing demand for optoelectronic devices and applications in the defense, medical, industrial, and consumer sectors. As technology advances, there is a growing demand for optoelectronic devices such as laser diodes, light-emitting diodes, and photodetectors. These devices are used in a variety of applications, including quantum cascade lasers, which require optoelectronic devices as key components. Moreover, the rising adoption of energy-efficient lasers is also driving the growth of the Asia Pacific quantum cascade laser market.

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Companies Dominating the Quantum Cascade Laser Landscape

    • Repligen Corporation
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      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Emerson Electric Co.
    • Aerodyne Research Inc.
    • Power Technology Inc.
    • SacherLaser Technik
    • Longwae Photonics
    • Boston Electronic Corporation
    • DRS Daylight Solutions
    • Picarro Inc.
    • MG Optical


In The News

  • Edmund Optics, a provider of optical components for various applications has joined forces with ISP Optics to ensure global accessibility to their extensive range of high quality optical components. These components are available in over 15 infrared (IR) materials.
  • Repligen Corporation has recently announced a partnership and license agreement with DRS Daylight Solutions. The objective is to expand the utilization of midinfrared (mid IR) technology in the bioprocessing market. The focus will be on enhancing the portfolio of Quantum Cascade Laser mid IR (QCL IR) based solutions and integrating them into Repligens Chromatography and Filtration systems.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 5203
  • Published Date: Aug 31, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The key factors driving the growth of the quantum cascade laser market are increasing demand for energy-efficient solutions, increasing demand for high-power lasers, and technological advancements in quantum cascade laser technology.

The market size of quantum cascade laser is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are Repligen Corporation, Emerson Electric Co., Aerodyne Research Inc., Power Technology Inc., SacherLaser Technik, Longwae Photonics, Boston Electronic Corporation, DRS Daylight Solutions, Picarro Inc., MG Optical, and others.

The C-mount segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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