Photoluminescence spectroscopy of excitonic emission in CsPbCl3 perovskite single crystals

John A. Peters, Zhifu Liu, Michael C. De Siena, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Bruce W. Wessels*

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We analyzed low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) and the band edge excitonic emission in bulk halide perovskite CsPbCl3 single crystals. Strong near band edge excitonic emission is observed at 420 nm and a series of excitonic states was observed. Temperature-dependent PL measurements on cesium lead chloride over a wide temperature range from 13 K to 295 K revealed significant electron phonon coupling with a Huang-Rhys parameter ranging from 1.34 to 3.38. A primary experimental finding is that the near band edge PL emission shows existence of multiple sharp features at low temperatures that are attributable to free excitons, bound excitons, and their phonon replicas. The PL also shows evidence of band tailing effects due to disorder. We investigated the recombination mechanism of photogenerated charge carriers by means of time-resolved PL (TR-PL) spectroscopy at low temperatures and various excitation powers and observed competing mono- and bimolecular recombination processes. A dynamic model is proposed to describe the TR-PL. We observed both long-lived and short-lived recombination where the short-lived time decay is attributed to free exciton recombination, whereas the long-lived decay to bound exciton recombination involving traps due to intrinsic disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number118661
JournalJournal of Luminescence
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • CsPbCl single crystal
  • Electron-phonon interaction
  • Photoluminescence
  • Thermal expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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