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Practical internal combustion engine laser spark plug development
Author(s): Michael J. Myers; John D. Myers; Baoping Guo; Chengxin Yang; Christopher R. Hardy
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Paper Abstract

Fundamental studies on laser ignition have been performed by the US Department of Energy under ARES (Advanced Reciprocating Engines Systems) and by the California Energy Commission under ARICE (Advanced Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine). These and other works have reported considerable increases in fuel efficiencies along with substantial reductions in green-house gas emissions when employing laser spark ignition. Practical commercial applications of this technology require low cost high peak power lasers. The lasers must be small, rugged and able to provide stable laser beam output operation under adverse mechanical and environmental conditions. New DPSS (Diode Pumped Solid State) lasers appear to meet these requirements. In this work we provide an evaluation of HESP (High Efficiency Side Pumped) DPSS laser design and performance with regard to its application as a practical laser spark plug for use in internal combustion engines.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6662, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing III, 66620E (13 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.728644
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Michael J. Myers, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
John D. Myers, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
Baoping Guo, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
Chengxin Yang, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
Christopher R. Hardy, Kigre, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6662:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing III
William J. Thomes; Fred M. Dickey, Editor(s)

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