Disentangling Thermal from Electronic Contributions in the Spectral Response of Photoexcited Perovskite Materials

Lijie Wang, Razan Nughays, Thomas C. Rossi, Malte Oppermann, Wojciech Ogieglo, Tieyuan Bian, Chun Hua Shih, Tzung Fang Guo, Ingo Pinnau, Jun Yin, Osman M. Bakr, Omar F. Mohammed, Majed Chergui

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Disentangling electronic and thermal effects in photoexcited perovskite materials is crucial for photovoltaic and optoelectronic applications but remains a challenge due to their intertwined nature in both the time and energy domains. In this study, we employed temperature-dependent variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry, density functional theory calculations, and broadband transient absorption spectroscopy spanning the visible to mid-to-deep-ultraviolet (UV) ranges on MAPbBr3 thin films. The use of deep-UV detection opens a new spectral window that enables the exploration of high-energy excitations at various symmetry points within the Brillouin zone, facilitating an understanding of the ultrafast responses of the UV bands and the underlying mechanisms governing them. Our investigation reveals that the photoinduced spectral features remarkably resemble those generated by pure lattice heating, and we disentangle the relative thermal and electronic contributions and their evolutions at different delay times using combinations of decay-associated spectra and temperature-induced differential absorption. The results demonstrate that the photoinduced transients possess a significant thermal origin and cannot be attributed solely to electronic effects. Following photoexcitation, as carriers (electrons and holes) transfer their energy to the lattice, the thermal contribution increases from ∼15% at 1 ps to ∼55% at 500 ps and subsequently decreases to ∼35-50% at 1 ns. These findings elucidate the intricate energy exchange between charge carriers and the lattice in photoexcited perovskite materials and provide insights into the limited utilization efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5393-5401
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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