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The lasing efficiencies and photochemical stabilities of laser dyes useful in the 710-1080-nm spectral region have been investigated using a -switched ruby laser pumping source. The measured bleaching rates defined as the probability of irreversible decomposition of a dye molecule per absorbed photon, varied from to for the different dye-solvent combinations investigated. Broad-band lasing efficiencies (the ratios of dye laser output to ruby radiation input) ranged from 4 to 43 percent. Shifts of wavelength tuning range with variations in solvent, dye concentration, and dye laser cavity geometry are reported.