The stimulated emission cross section (σe) and the excited-state absorption cross section ( ) for this dye are resolved across the fluorescence and the lowest energy ground-state absorption bands. The absorption is weak ( cm2), particularly at the longer wavelengths [Fig. 3(c)]. Lasing properties are predicted from Fig. 4(b), which shows a plot of the (σe) curve displaced with respect to the S1state as the zero-energy level of reference, on top of the long-axis polarized ground-state absorption band. Spectral assignments are proposed in terms of symmetry arguments based on this observation.