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Title: The effects of electronic impurities and electron-hole recombination dynamics on large-grain organic-inorganic perovskite photovoltaic efficiencies

Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have attracted considerable attention after promising developments in energy harvesting and other optoelectronic applications. However, further optimization will require a deeper understanding of the intrinsic photophysics of materials with relevant structural characteristics. Here, the dynamics of photoexcited charge carriers in large-area grain organic-inorganic perovskite thin films is investigated via confocal time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. It is found that the bimolecular recombination of free charges is the dominant decay mechanism at excitation densities relevant for photovoltaic applications. Bimolecular coefficients are found to be on the order of 10 –9 cm 3 s –1, comparable to typical direct-gap semiconductors, yet significantly smaller than theoretically expected. It is also demonstrated that there is no degradation in carrier transport in these thin films due to electronic impurities. Here, suppressed electron–hole recombination and transport that is not limited by deep level defects provide a microscopic model for the superior performance of large-area grain hybrid perovskites for photovoltaic applications.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. de Bordeaux, Talence (France); Institut d'Optique & CNRS, Talence (France)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1616-301X
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Advanced Functional Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 24; Journal ID: ISSN 1616-301X
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; material science; perovskites; electronic impurities; carrier dynamics; organic-inorganic perovskite; photovoltaic
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