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19 August 2005 Laser ignition for artillery cannon
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The challenges of developing laser ignition for an artillery cannon in which the black powder (BP) of the charges must be ignited are described. Laser ignition threshold behavior for BP is quantified for hot and cold temperatures and compared to ambient behavior. The threshold behavior for single grains of BP is compared to that of multiple grains more similar to that encountered in the gun. In addition to characterization of the BP ignition parameters, the influence of other materials is discussed briefly.
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Richard A. Beyer "Laser ignition for artillery cannon", Proc. SPIE 5871, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing, 58710A (19 August 2005);

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