Colloidal quantum dots (CQD) are now making their entry to full-color displays, endowed by their brightness and single-material base. By contrast, many obstacles have been encountered in their use towards lasers. We demonstrate here optically pumped distributed feedback (DFB) lasers, based on close-packed, solid films self-assembled from type-I CQDs. Notably, the single mode CQD-DFB lasers could reach such a low threshold as to be pumpable with a compact pulsed source in a quasi-continuous wave regime. Our results show the spatially and temporally coherent laser beam outputs with power of 400 μW and a quantum efficiency of 32%.

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