Directional Negative Thermal Expansion and Large Poisson Ratio in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Revealed by Strong Coherent Shear Phonon Generation

Pierre Adrien Mante*, Constantinos C. Stoumpos, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Arkady Yartsev

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Despite the enormous amount of attention CH3NH3PbI3 has received, we are still lacking an in-depth understanding of its basic properties. In particular, the directional mechanical and structural characteristics of this material have remained elusive. Here, we investigate these properties by monitoring the propagation of longitudinal and shear phonons following the absorption of a femtosecond pulse along various crystalline directions of a CH3NH3PbI3 single crystal. We first extract the sound velocities of longitudinal and transverse phonons along these directions of the crystal. Our study then reveals the negative directional thermal expansion of CH3NH3PbI3, which is responsible for strong coherent shear phonon generation. Finally, from these observations, we perform elastic characterization of this material, revealing a large directional Poisson's ratio, which reaches 0.7 and that we associate with the weak mechanical stability of this material. Our results also provide guidelines to fabricate a transducer of high-frequency transverse phonons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3161-3166
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 21 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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