Issue 42, 2021

Resolving buried optoelectronic features in metal halide perovskites via modulation spectroscopy studies

Abstract

As research on both bulk and low dimensional metal halide perovskites (MHPs) continues to grow, the tools necessary to gain insights into their exotic and highly convoluted optoelectronic features must also expand. Electroabsorption (EA) is a modulation spectroscopy technique that is exceptionally valuable at deconvoluting overlapping spectral features as well as discerning between different electronic environments in semiconductors. This review outlines the critical shortcomings of traditional optical spectroscopy in determining essential properties such as the bandgap and exciton binding energy. We provide a brief overview of the working principles of EA, focusing on the differences between bound and unbound charge carriers that result in unique behavior when interacting with an applied electric field. We discuss key studies highlighting the unique characterization available when coupling EA spectroscopy with traditional steady-state optical tools to investigate interesting and complex optical features in MHPs. We conclude that EA is a crucial tool for pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the optoelectronic properties of MHP thin films. When other optical characterization methods fall short in the richness of data provided, EA can bridge the knowledge gap to provide a complete optoelectronic characterization of novel MHPs and deepen the understanding of current structures and compositions as a function of their structural and morphological dimensionality.

Graphical abstract: Resolving buried optoelectronic features in metal halide perovskites via modulation spectroscopy studies

Article information

Article type
Review Article
Submitted
01 Aug 2021
Accepted
09 Oct 2021
First published
11 Oct 2021

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2021,9, 23746-23764

Resolving buried optoelectronic features in metal halide perovskites via modulation spectroscopy studies

E. Amerling, K. R. Hansen and L. Whittaker-Brooks, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2021, 9, 23746 DOI: 10.1039/D1TA06484C

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