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Title: Elucidating the role of disorder and free-carrier recombination kinetics in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films
Authors: Chia, Elbert E. M.
La-o-vorakiat, Chan
Salim, Teddy
Kadro, Jeannette
Khuc, Mai-Thu
Haselsberger, Reinhard
Cheng, Liang
Xia, Huanxin
Gurzadyan, Gagik G.
Su, Haibin
Lam, Yeng Ming
Marcus, Rudolph A.
Michel-Beyerle, Maria-Elisabeth
Issue Date: 2015
Source: La-o-vorakiat, C., Salim, T., Kadro, J., Khuc, M.-T., Haselsberger, R., Cheng, L., et al. (2015). Elucidating the role of disorder and free-carrier recombination kinetics in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films. Nature Communications, 6, 7903-.
Series/Report no.: Nature communications
Abstract: Apart from broadband absorption of solar radiation, the performance of photovoltaic devices is governed by the density and mobility of photogenerated charge carriers. The latter parameters indicate how many free carriers move away from their origin, and how fast, before loss mechanisms such as carrier recombination occur. However, only lower bounds of these parameters are usually obtained. Here we independently determine both density and mobility of charge carriers in a perovskite film by the use of time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. Our data reveal the modification of the free carrier response by strong backscattering expected from these heavily disordered perovskite films. The results for different phases and different temperatures show a change of kinetics from two-body recombination at room temperature to three-body recombination at low temperatures. Our results suggest that perovskite-based solar cells can perform well even at low temperatures as long as the three-body recombination has not become predominant.
ISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8903
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