Micro-channel plate (MCP) or micro-channel plate detector (MCP) is a device used for detection of single particles such as ions, electrons, and photons. Micro-channel plate is also a high gain amplifier for electrons and it is also sensitive to input electrons as well as other charged particles such as ions, elementary particles and electromagnetic radiation with short wavelength such as ultraviolet and low band X-rays. Micro-channel plate finds application in imaging spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, atomic and molecular collision studies, electron spectroscopy, cluster physics, and others. It is difficult to detect a single particle, as it has very low voltage. To increase the voltage micro-channel plate is used. When a small particle such as electron hits the micro channel plates which is made up of small inclined tubes, particle starts colliding with channel wall. The number of collisions depend on the applied voltage and angle of inclination, and this collision occurs up to the end of the tube channel. At the end of the channel, cloud of electrons is formed and the signal is amplified and measured in micro channel chip. Small tube are made of glass with inclination from 10µm to 20µm. Micro-channel plates are available in two types viz., circular and rectangular.
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Increasing research and development activities in the field of physics is a major factor driving growth of the market. Areas such as nuclear studies and beam fusion studies require micro channel plate. This requirement is expected to result in increasing demand for micro-channel plate over the forecast period.
Moreover, micro-channel plate finds application in fields such as astrophysics and space, experimental & nuclear physics, electron and ion microscopy, spectrometry, and medical practice. Growth of these fields is expected to boost demand for micro-channel plate over the forecast period, thereby driving growth of the market. For instance, micro-channel plate detector is used in night vision glasses and the demand for night vision devices is increasing, which subsequently drives the micro-channel plate (MCP) market growth.
On the basis of region, the micro-channel plate (MCP) market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. Europe accounted for major share in the micro-channel plate (MCP) market in 2018, owing to the presence of large number of key players such as PHOTONIS, Incom, Inc., Photek, PHOTONIS Technologies S.A.S., Topag Lasertechnik GmbH, and Vigo System in the region.
Moreover, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region over the forecast period. This growth is attributed to increasing investment by the government of India in healthcare sector, which, in turn, leads to increasing development of micro-channel plates (MCP) that are mainly used in medical devices. For instance, in December 2018, the Prime Minister of India stated that there will be increase in healthcare spending of around 2.5% of GDP.
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Key players operating in the micro-channel plate (MCP) market include Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., PHOTONIS France S.A.S., Incom, Inc., Baspik Ltd., North Night Vision Technology Co Ltd., Tectra GmbH, TOPAG Lasertechnik GmbH, IL Photonics, McPherson, VIGO System S.A., Photek, and others.
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