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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S6 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: A1094–A1101

Ignition characteristics of methane/air premixed mixture by microwave-enhanced laser-induced breakdown plasma

Atsushi Nishiyama, Ahsa Moon, Yuji Ikeda, Jun Hayashi, and Fumiteru Akamatsu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S6, pp. A1094-A1101 (2013)

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A microwave-enhanced plasma generation technique was combined with laser-induced ignition to improve ignition characteristics. A locally intensified microwave field was formed near the laser-induced breakdown plasma. As the plasma absorbed the microwaves, the plasma emission intensity increased. The plasma lifetime could be controlled by changing the microwave oscillation duration. Furthermore, the microwave-enhanced laser-induced breakdown plasma improved the minimum ignition energy of the methane/air pre-mixture with just a small amount of absorbed microwave energy.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

Original Manuscript: August 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2013
Published: November 4, 2013

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Atsushi Nishiyama, Ahsa Moon, Yuji Ikeda, Jun Hayashi, and Fumiteru Akamatsu, "Ignition characteristics of methane/air premixed mixture by microwave-enhanced laser-induced breakdown plasma," Opt. Express 21, A1094-A1101 (2013)

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