Lasing From a Förster Transfer Fluorescent Dye Couple Dissolved in a Chiral Nematic Liquid Crystal

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Förster exciton transfer from a ’sensitizer’ to an ’emitter’ dye allows for the decoupling of the excitation and emission processes in dye lasers. Here, we report on the lasing from a Förster transfer couple dissolved in an unconventional, mirrorless resonator; namely, a chiral nematic liquid crystal (CNLC). We found optically pumped lasing at a threshold as low as 2.1 J m–2. We also demonstrate simultaneous lasing at two widely separated wavelengths.

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