Abstract

Micrometer-sized droplets of Rhodamine 6G solution in water and ethanol are irradiated by high-intensity nanosecond pulses from a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser. Coupling of the spontaneous fluorescence emission with natural resonant modes of the spherical droplets results in stimulated emission, with each droplet behaving like a laser cavity. Spectral observations suggest that droplet lasing emission is supported by resonances of a single mode order. The emission exhibits faster rise times and is shorter lived than corresponding bulk-liquid fluorescence. Lasing in droplets is generally initiated almost simultaneously with elastic scattering, unlike stimulated Raman scattering, which is significantly delayed.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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