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The Role of Excitation Energy in Photobrightening and Photodegradation of Halide Perovskite Thin Films

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posted on 06.04.2018, 00:00 by Wolf-Alexander Quitsch, Dane W. deQuilettes, Oliver Pfingsten, Alexander Schmitz, Stevan Ognjanovic, Sarthak Jariwala, Susanne Koch, Markus Winterer, David S. Ginger, Gerd Bacher
We study the impact of excitation energy on the photostability of methylammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3 or MAPI) perovskite thin films. Light soaking leads to a transient increase of the photoluminescence efficiency at excitation wavelengths longer than 520 nm, whereas light-induced degradation occurs when exciting the films with wavelengths shorter than 520 nm. X-ray diffraction and extinction measurements reveal the light-induced decomposition of CH3NH3PbI3 to lead iodide (PbI2) for the high-energy excitation regime. We propose a model explaining the energy dependence of the photostability that involves the photoexcitation of residual PbI2 species in the perovskite triggering the decomposition of CH3NH3PbI3.