Biological laser action

Lihong Wang, Da Liu, Nancy He, Steven L. Jacques, Sharon L. Thomsen

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The narrowing of the spectral linewidth and the increasing of the peak intensity characteristic of laser action were observed in emission spectra of dye-infused biological tissues. The tissue was infused with a solution of Rhodamine 640 perchlorate in ethanol and then excited with frequency–doubled Q–switched Nd:YAG laser pulses. The dependence of emission linewidth on the excitation radiant exposure and dye concentration was investigated. Laser action was also observed in biologically compatible fluorescein sodium dye dissolved in phosphate–buffered saline mixed with scattering polystyrene spheres. The sharp spectral peaks of laser action in tissues may find applications in the detection of superficial disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1775-1779
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Apr 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Amplification of spontaneous emission
  • Fluorescence
  • Laser action
  • Tissue optics
  • Turbid media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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