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Influence of Disorder and Anharmonic Fluctuations on the Dynamical Rashba Effect in Purely Inorganic Lead-Halide Perovskites

Abstract : Doping organic metal-halide perovskites with cesium could be the best solution to stabilize highly-efficient perovskite solar cells. The understanding of the respective roles of the organic molecule, on one hand, and the inorganic lattice, on the other, is thus crucial in order to be able to optimize the physical properties of the mixed-cation structures. In particular, the study of the recombination mechanisms is thought to be one of the key challenges towards full comprehension of their working principles. Using molecular dynamics and frozen phonons, we evidence sub-picosecond anharmonic fluctuations in the fully inorganic CsPbI3 perovskite. We reveal the effect of these fluctuations, combined with spin-orbit coupling, on the electronic band structure, evidencing a dynamical Rashba effect. Our study shows that under certain conditions space disorder can quench the Rashba effect. As for time disorder, we evidence a dynamical Rashba effect which is similar to what was found for MAPbI3 and which is still sizable despite temperature disorder, the large investigated supercell, and the absence of the organic cations’ motion. We show that the spin texture associated to the Rashba splitting cannot be deemed responsible for a consistent reduction of recombination rates, although the spin mismatch between valence and conduction band increases with the ferroelectric distortion causing the Rashba splitting.
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Arthur Marronnier, Guido Roma, Marcelo Carignano, Yvan Bonnassieux, Claudine Katan, et al.. Influence of Disorder and Anharmonic Fluctuations on the Dynamical Rashba Effect in Purely Inorganic Lead-Halide Perovskites. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, American Chemical Society, 2019, 123 (1), pp.291-298. ⟨10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b11288⟩. ⟨hal-01952784⟩

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