We measured spectroscopic and laser action properties of a novel 8-position substituted pyrromethene-BF<sub>2</sub>, namely 1,3,5,7-tetramethyl-2,6-diethyl-8-<i>n</i>-propyl pyrromethene-BF<sub>2</sub> complex. The laser action was performed with the corresponding dye solution in ethanol, which was placed in a Littman-type laser cavity pumped by the second harmonic of a <i>Q</i>-switched Nd:YAG laser. The spectroscopic measurements clearly indicated that the corresponding dye solution in ethanol exhibited intense absorption in the visible spectral region with large fluorescence quantum yield. It possesses rather low triplet–triplet absorption in the spectral region 460–550 nm and almost negligible triplet-triplet absorption in the lasing spectral region. As a consequence, it lases nearly as efficiently as commercially available benchmark laser dyes such as Rhodamine-6G and outperformed them in wavelength tunability in our laser cavity and pump geometry.
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Heping Zeng, Feng Liang, Zhenrong Sun, Yizhong Yuan, Zuguang Yao, and Zhizhan Xu, "Laser action from 1,3,5,7-tetramethyl-2,6-diethyl-8-n-propyl pyrromethene-BF2," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1349-1354 (2002)