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High-efficiency side diode pumped breech mount laser ignition
Author(s): Christopher R. Hardy; Baoping Guo; Michael J. Myers; John D. Myers
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Paper Abstract

Breech Mounted Lasers (BMLs) have been successfully used to demonstrate laser ignition of howitzer propellant charges including bag, stick, and the Modular Artillery Charge System (MACS). BMLs have been integrated and tested on many artillery systems, including the US Army's M109A6 Paladin, M198, M777 Light Weight, Crusader, and Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C). Until now, these lasers have been relatively large and inefficient systems based on a flashlamp pumped Nd:YAG laser design. Modern vehicle platforms will require smaller, more efficient lasers that can operate under increased shock and vibration loads. Kigre's 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 artillery laser ignition system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6662, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing III, 66620F (13 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.728666
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher R. Hardy, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
Baoping Guo, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
Michael J. Myers, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
John D. Myers, 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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