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Which Way Does Stimulated Emission Go?

TitleWhich Way Does Stimulated Emission Go?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsD. J. Wong-Campos, , and A. E. Cohen
JournalJ. Phys. Chem. A
Date PublishedDEC 23
Type of ArticleArticle

Is it possible to form an image using light produced by stimulated emission? Here we study light scatter off an assembly of excited chromophores. Due to the Optical Theorem, stimulated emission is necessarily accompanied by excited state Rayleigh scattering. Both processes can be used to form images, though they have different dependencies on scattering direction, wavelength and chromophore configuration. Our results suggest several new approaches to optical imaging using fluorophore excited states.