Dual phases of crystalline and electronic structures in the nanocrystalline perovskite CsPbBr3
Whitcher, T. J., L. C. Gomes, D. Zhao, M. Bosman, X. Chi, Y. Wang, A. Carvalho et al. “Dual phases of crystalline and electronic structures in the nanocrystalline perovskite CsPbBr 3.” NPG Asia Materials 11, no. 1 (2019): 1-12.
norganic perovskites have recently attracted much attention as promising new nanocrystalline materials that have interesting fundamental phenomena and great potential in several applications. Herein, we reveal unusual structural and electronic changes in nanocrystalline cesium lead bromide (CsPbBr3) as a function of temperature using high-resolution spectroscopic ellipsometry, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and terahertz spectroscopy measurements supported by first-principles calculations. New dual phases of crystalline and electronic structures are observed due to the nanocrystalline nature of the material. Interestingly, a change in the electronic structure occurs below 150 K, and the rate at which the nanocrystal transitions from the tetragonal to orthorhombic phase is found to be nonlinear with temperature. Our results show the importance of the charge and lattice interplay in determining the dual phases and fundamental properties of nanocrystalline materials.