Identifying Carrier Behavior in Ultrathin Indirect-Bandgap CsPbX 3 Nanocrystal Films for Use in UV/Visible-Blind High-Energy Detectors

Bin Xin, Naresh Alaal, Somak Mitra, Ahmad Subahi, Yusin Pak, Dhaifallah Almalawi, Norah M. Alwadai, Sergei Lopatin, Iman S. Roqan

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Abstract

High-energy radiation detectors such as X-ray detectors with low light photoresponse characteristics are used for several applications including, space, medical, and military devices. Here, an indirect bandgap inorganic perovskite-based X-ray detector is reported. The indirect bandgap nature of perovskite materials is revealed through optical characterizations, time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL), and theoretical simulations, demonstrating that the differences in temperature-dependent carrier lifetime related to CsPbX3 (X = Br, I) perovskite composition are due to the changes in the bandgap structure. TRPL, theoretical analyses, and X-ray radiation measurements reveal that the high response of the UV/visible-blind yellow-phase CsPbI3 under high-energy X-ray exposure is attributed to the nature of the indirect bandgap structure of CsPbX3. The yellow-phase CsPbI3-based X-ray detector achieves a relatively high sensitivity of 83.6 μCGyair−1 cm−2 (under 1.7 mGyair s−1 at an electron field of 0.17 V μm−1 used for medical diagnostics) although the active layer is based solely on an ultrathin (≈6.6 μm) CsPbI3 nanocrystal film, exceeding the values obtained for commercial X-ray detectors, and further confirming good material quality. This CsPbX3 X-ray detector is sufficient for cost-effective device miniaturization based on a simple design.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2004513
JournalSmall
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2020

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