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Excitons, biexcitons, and the role of dynamic disorder in two-dimensional lead-halide perovskitoids

Excitons, biexcitons, and the role of dynamic disorder in two-dimensional lead-halide perovskitoids

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm
WNGR 116
Carlos Silva, Georgia Tech

Owing to both electronic and dielectric confinement effects, two-dimensional organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites sustain strongly bound excitons at room temperature. In this presentation, we demonstrate that there are non-negligible contributions to the excitonic correlations from the peculiar lattice structure and its polar fluctuations, both of which are controlled via the chemical nature of the organic counter-cation. We present a phenomenological, yet quantitative framework to simulate excitonic absorption lineshapes in single-layer organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites, based on the two-dimensional Wannier formalism. We include four distinct excitonic states separated by 35 ± 5 meV, and additional vibronic progressions. Intriguingly, the associated Huang-Rhys factors and the relevant phonon energies show substantial variance with temperature and the choice of the organic cation. This points to the hybrid nature of the lineshape, with a form well described by a Wannier formalism, but with signatures of strong coupling to localized vibrations, and possible polaronic effects. This complex spectral structure depends strongly on crystalline distortion induced by the interlayer organic cation. By means of two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy, we examine excitonic many-body effects in these materials. We determine the binding energy of biexcitons — correlated two-electron, two-hole quasiparticles — to be 44 ± 5 meV at room temperature. The extraordinarily high values are similar to those reported in other strongly excitonic two-dimensional materials such as transition-metal dichalchogenides. Importantly, we show that this binding energy increases by ∼ 25% upon cooling to 5 K. Our work highlights the importance of multi-exciton correlations in this class of technologically promising, solution-processable materials, in spite of the strong effects of lattice fluctuations and dynamic disorder.


Carlos Silva earned a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Minnesota, with the late Professor Paul Barbara. His graduate research focused on ultrafast polar solvation dynamics, probed by transient absorption spectroscopy on the solvated electron and transition-metal mixed-valence complexes. Following his graduate degree in 1998, he was Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Professor Sir Richard Friend at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where he developed an ultrafast spectroscopy laboratory to investigate the photophysics of conjugated polymers and related organic semiconductors. In 2001, he began his independent academic career as Advanced Research Fellow of the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council at the Cavendish Laboratory, and simultaneously became Research Fellow in Darwin College, University of Cambridge. He moved to the Université de Montréal with a Canada Research Chair in 2005, where he developed a world-class ultrafast spectroscopy laboratory for the study of electronic processes in organic semiconductor materials. In recognition of his rising international leadership, he was awarded the 2010 Herzberg Medal and the 2016 Brockhouse Medal by the Canadian Association of Physicists.

Matt Graham