Semicon malaise postpones surface science rebound.
However, as the recovery of the semiconductor industry continues and new biological applications for these instruments continue to appear, the markets for 2004 and beyond should generate high single-digit growth.
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) is the surface science technique that will exhibit the strongest growth for 2003. Atomic force microscopy, the most common SPM technique, is gaining momentum both from increased capabilities for semiconductor applications, and also from acceptance as a technique for probing biological samples.
Electron microscopy and confocal microscopy will display growth in the mid to low single-digit range for the year. The former will benefit from the resurgence in the semiconductor industry. Although confocal microscopy has benefited from technical advances, such as multiphoton systems, its growth has remained uninspiring.
Surface analyzers, which are most commonly used in semiconductor, polymer and other materials science applications, continue to suffer from the negative effects of the downturn in the semiconductor industry. This market is expected to decline 2.4% in 2003.
2001-04 Total Surface Science Instrumentation Global Market $Millions 2001 1496 2002 1582 2003 1662 2004 1802 Note: Table made from bar graph. 2002 Surface Science Product Segmentation by Technique Surface 13% Analyzers Scanning 16% Probe Microscopy Confocal 6% Microscopy Electron 65% Microscopy Note: Table made from pie chart.