A piston for use in a GDCI engine cooperates with the wall of a cylinder defined in the engine and with a cylinder head to define a combustion chamber. The surface of the piston that faces the cylinder head defines a bowl that is configured to receive fuel that is dispensed from a fuel injector that is located in the cylinder head substantially along the central axis of the cylinder. The bowl is configured such that substantially all of the injected fuel associated with a combustion event reaches a localized equivalence ratio greater than 0.0 and less than or equal to 1.2 at a time immediately preceding initiation of the combustion event.
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 This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-EE0003258 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.