Electron-acoustic phonon coupling in single crystal CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 perovskites revealed by coherent acoustic phonons

Pierre Adrien Mante, Constantinos C. Stoumpos, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Arkady Yartsev

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Despite the great amount of attention CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 has received for its solar cell application, intrinsic properties of this material are still largely unknown. Mobility of charges is a quintessential property in this aspect; however, there is still no clear understanding of electron transport, as reported values span over three orders of magnitude. Here we develop a method to measure the electron and hole deformation potentials using coherent acoustic phonons generated by femtosecond laser pulses. We apply this method to characterize a CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 single crystal. We measure the acoustic phonon properties and characterize electron-acoustic phonon scattering. Then, using the deformation potential theory, we calculate the carrier intrinsic mobility and compare it to the reported experimental and theoretical values. Our results reveal high electron and hole mobilities of 2,800 and 9,400 cm 2 V -1 s -1 , respectively. Comparison with literature values of mobility demonstrates the potential role played by polarons in charge transport in CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 .

Original languageEnglish
Article number14398
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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