Scanning Electron Microscope Market: Growing Research And Development Activities

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Scanning electron microscope are used for scanning various samples with the help of a focused beam of electrons where they are made to interact with the sample. This results in production of different signals containing information about the surface topography and composition thereby producing an image. Position of the beams is combined with the detected signal for producing a clear image and has the power to be observed in high and low vacuums, wet conditions as well as across a range of elevated temperatures. Most commonly used application of scanning electron microscopes involves detection of secondary electrons that are emitted when the atoms get excited where surface topography defines the number of secondary electrons that needs to be detected. Post scanning of sample and collection of secondary electrons through a detector, an image related to the topography of a specific surface is created. This is able to detect defaults even in nanometer scale increasing applications of scanning electron microscopes. The global market for scanning electron microscope has been segmented on the basis of resolution type, application and geography. On the basis of resolution type, the global market has been segmented into less than 10 nm, 10 to 50 nm and more than 50 nm. Pharmaceuticals, automobiles, semiconductors and life sciences among others are the various application areas based on which this global market has been segmented.

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Global scanning electron microscope market on the basis of geography has been segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.

The three-dimensional imaging of surface topography providing detailed information collected from detectors form the most important driver that has positively impacted the market demand for scanning electron microscopes globally. Along with this, these microscopes could be handled conveniently with proper training and advances in computer software and hardware thereby making the operations user-friendly forming another major reason that has pushed the demand for this market globally. It is seen that the technological advances in scanning electron microscopes further allows generation of data in digital form making the instrument work faster along with minimal preparation actions required for making samples also contributes to the overall growth of this market during the forecast period. These electron microscopes has a higher magnification and resolution capability that has also resulted in growing application of this device across different industry verticals making it another major push factor that has contributed to the growth. Considering all these factors that has positively driven the market there are certain restraints that has also negatively impacted the market. One such factor is the high costs associated with these devices that pose challenges to its commercial applications. Moreover, it is the need for a steady voltage to electromagnetic coils along with circulation of cool water for maintenance purposes are some other important factors that has a negative impact on the overall market growth. Growing research and development activities along with higher application of thin wafers is likely to provide more opportunities for this market in the coming years.

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Geographically, it is North America followed by Europe that forms some of the major regions to drive the market for scanning electron microscopes globally. It is the huge growth of the research and development facilities along with boost in demand for high quality wafers that has positively impacted this market. Asia Pacific forms another major region that drives the growth for scanning electron microscopes with China, Japan and India being some of the major regions contributing to the growth. The rise in government grants to develop the research and development sector along with growing demand for thin wafers especially in the semiconductor industry has been some important factors that has positively impacted this market in Asia Pacific region.

Some of the major players operating in the scanning electron microscope market include Carl Zeiss AG (Germany), Hitachi (Japan), Tescan (Czech Republic), JEOL Ltd. (Japan) and FEI Company (The U.S.) among others.

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