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Multiple laser pulse ignition method and apparatus

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
May 26, 1998
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Two or more laser light pulses with certain differing temporal lengths and peak pulse powers can be employed sequentially to regulate the rate and duration of laser energy delivery to fuel mixtures, thereby improving fuel ignition performance over a wide range of fuel parameters such as fuel/oxidizer ratios, fuel droplet size, number density and velocity within a fuel aerosol, and initial fuel temperatures.
Early; James W. (Los Alamos, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
08/ 618,434
March 15, 1996
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.