Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties of Methylammonium Lead Halide Perovskite Films

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We report third-order nonlinear coefficient values and decay time kinetics vs. halide composition (CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbBr2I), temperature, and excitation wavelength. The maximum values of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility χ(3) (∼1.6 × 10-6 esu) are similar to or larger than many common third-order materials. The source of the nonlinearity is shown to be primarily excitonic in the tribromide film by virtue of its strong enhancement near the exciton resonance. Nonresonant excitation reduces the nonlinearity significantly, as does increasing the temperature. Substitution of one I for one Br also reduces the nonlinearity by at least one order of magnitude, presumably due to the lack of strong exciton resonance in the substituted form. The thin films are stable, highly homogenous (lacking significant light scattering), and simple and inexpensive to fabricate, making them potentially useful in a variety of optoelectronic applications in which wavelength selectivity is important.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)4847-4852
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2016

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-65816


  • nonlinear
  • perovskite
  • solar-photochemistry
  • ultrafast


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