A Review and Perspective on Cathodoluminescence Analysis of Halide Perovskites

Harvey Guthrey, John Moseley

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Halide perovskite solar cells have achieved a certified efficiency of 25.2%, surpassing CdTe and CuInGaSe2, which have long been regarded as the most-efficient thin-film photovoltaic materials. As this exciting class of materials continues to mature, researchers will require characterization techniques capable of exposing the interplay among structure, chemistry, and optoelectronic properties to inform processing strategies and increase both device efficiencies and long-term stability. Cathodoluminescence microscopy is an ideal technique to provide such information due to the high spatial resolution and robust optical information acquired. Here, the current body of work related to cathodoluminescence analysis of halide perovskite materials for optoelectronic applications is surveyed. This review demonstrates how cathodoluminescence can monitor degradation due to environmental stressors, phase segregation resulting from material processing, and other halide perovskite-centric material issues. A persistent concern associated with e-beam-based analysis of halide perovskites is what effect the electron beam has on the material properties being probed. Addressing this, a detailed discussion is provided on the origin of the cathodoluminescence signal and a review of studies focused on revealing changes in the properties of halide perovskites resulting from e-beam excitation. Finally, a perspective on future opportunities to expand the role of cathodoluminescence analysis for halide perovskites is provided.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number1903840
Number of pages33
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number26
StatePublished - 2020

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  • NREL/JA-5K00-75483


  • cathodoluminescence
  • electron beam generation
  • halide perovskites
  • recombination
  • solar cells


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