13 September 2007 High-efficiency side diode pumped breech mount laser ignition
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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.
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Christopher R. Hardy, Christopher R. Hardy, Baoping Guo, Baoping Guo, Michael J. Myers, Michael J. Myers, John D. Myers, John D. Myers, "High-efficiency side diode pumped breech mount laser ignition", Proc. SPIE 6662, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing III, 66620F (13 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.728666; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.728666
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