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Title: Exciton-Dominated Core-Level Absorption Spectra of Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Lead Halide Perovskites

In a combined theoretical and experimental work, we investigate X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy of the I L 3 and the Pb M 5 edges of the methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI 3) hybrid inorganic-organic perovskite and its binary phase PbI 2. The absorption onsets are dominated by bound excitons with sizable binding energies of a few hundred millielectronvolts and pronounced anisotropy. The spectra of both materials exhibit remarkable similarities, suggesting that the fingerprints of core excitations in MAPbI 3 are essentially given by its inorganic component, with negligible influence from the organic groups. Furthermore, the theoretical analysis complementing experimental observations provides the conceptual insights required for a full characterization of this complex material.
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  1. Humboldt-Univ. zu Berlin, Berlin (Germany)
  2. Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fur Materialien und Energie GmbH, Berlin (Germany)
  3. Univ. of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom)
  4. Univ. of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom); National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1948-7185
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1948-7185
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; x-ray absorption; inorganic-organic perovskites
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