Laser ignition for aerospace

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Kroupa
Photonic Systems
SAL Villach
High Tech Campus Villach
Europastraße 12
9524 Villach, Austria

Abstract: CTR (now SAL) has succeeded in developing one of the most robust and compact laser systems in this energy range worldwide. A brief introduction on the requirements and advantages of laser ignition will be followed by an overview on existing  implementations of ignition lasers. After an outline of the laser development history at CTR and technical details on the HiPoLas system some examples of applications on aerospace engines will be shown.