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Title: Final Scientific and Technical Report - Practical Fiber Delivered Laser Ignition Systems for Vehicles

Research has characterized advanced kagome fiber optics for their use in laser ignition systems. In comparison to past fibers used in laser ignition, these fibers have the important advantage of being relatively bend-insensitivity, so that they can be bent and coiled without degradation of output energy or beam quality. The results are very promising for practical systems. For pulse durations of ~12 ns, the fibers could deliver >~10 mJ pulses before damage onset. A study of pulse duration showed that by using longer pulse duration (~20 – 30 ns), it is possible to carry even higher pulse energy (by factor of ~2-3) which also provides future opportunities to implement longer duration sources. Beam quality measurements showed nearly single-mode output from the kagome fibers (i.e. M2 close to 1) which is the optimum possible value and, combined with their high pulse energy, shows the suitability of the fibers for laser ignition. Research has also demonstrated laser ignition of an engine including reliable (100%) ignition of a single-cylinder gasoline engine using the laser ignition system with bent and coiled kagome fiber. The COV of IMEP was <2% which is favorable for stable engine operation. These research results, along with the continued reductionmore » in cost of laser sources, support our commercial development of practical laser ignition systems.« less
  1. Seaforth, LLC
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Report Number(s):
Final Scientific and Technical Report
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Technical Report
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Seaforth, LLC
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Contributing Orgs:
Seaforth LLC, Colorado State University, Argonne National Laboratory
Country of Publication:
United States
ignition, laser ignition, vehicles, fiber optics