Phonon-Electron Scattering Limits Free Charge Mobility in Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskites

J Phys Chem Lett. 2015 Dec 17;6(24):4991-6. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b02485. Epub 2015 Dec 4.


The nature of the photoconductivity in solution-processed films of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite is investigated by determining the variation of the photoconductive response with temperature. Ultrabroadband terahertz (THz) photoconductivity spectra in the 0.3-10 THz range can be reproduced well by a simple Drude-like response at room temperature, where free charge carrier motion is characterized by an average scattering time. The scattering time determined from Drude fits in the 0.3-2THz region increases from ∼4 fs at 300 K (tetragonal phase; mobility of ∼27 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) to almost ∼25 fs at 77 K (orthorhombic phase, mobility of ∼150 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)). For the tetragonal phase (temperature range 150 < T < 300 K) the scattering time shows a ∼T(-3/2) dependence, approaching the theoretical limit for pure acoustic phonon (deformation potential) scattering. Hence, electron-phonon, rather than impurity scattering, sets the upper limit on free charge transport for this perovskite.

Keywords: MAPbI3(Cl); photoconductivity; time-resolved photoluminescence; time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy.

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