External stokes shift of perovskite nanocrystals enlarged by photon recycling

Zhixing Gan, Weijian Chen, Lin Yuan, Guiyuan Cao, Chunhua Zhou, Shujuan Huang, Xiaoming Wen*, Baohua Jia

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Lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) have rapidly emerged as promising materials for low-cost and high-efficiency photovoltaic, optoelectronic, and photonic devices. The Stokes shift is a crucial parameter affecting their performance. In this work, we find that the external Stokes shift is strongly dependent on photon recycling. Due to the nonlinear nature of the quantum confinement effect (QCE), the bandgap distribution becomes extremely broad when the sizes are ultra-small, resulting in many repetitions of photon recycling and substantial emission redshift. Thereby, the smaller NCs exhibit larger external Stokes shifts. In detail, for the small NCs with the most probable size of 6.4 nm, the intrinsic Stokes shift is about 71 meV, but the observed external Stokes shift becomes 143.4 meV in the concentrated solution, whereas the intrinsic and apparent Stokes shifts are 69 and 97.6 meV for large NCs of 9.7 nm. Therefore, photon recycling significantly contributes to the external Stokes shift of perovskite NCs, in particular for the ultra-small sizes with strong QCE. This finding will add to the growing fundamental physical understanding of perovskites, which is of great interest due to their applications in photovoltaics and other fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011906
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


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