Coherent vibrational dynamics reveals lattice anharmonicity in organic–inorganic halide perovskite nanocrystals

Tushar Debnath, Debalaya Sarker, He Huang, Zhong Kang Han, Amrita Dey, Lakshminarayana Polavarapu, Sergey V. Levchenko, Jochen Feldmann

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The halide ions of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites can strongly influence the interaction between the central organic moiety and the inorganic metal halide octahedral units and thus their lattice vibrations. Here, we report the halide-ion-dependent vibrational coherences in formamidinium lead halide (FAPbX3, X = Br, I) perovskite nanocrystals (PNCs) via the combination of femtosecond pump–probe spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. We find that the FAPbX3 PNCs generate halide-dependent coherent vibronic wave packets upon above-bandgap non-resonant excitation. More importantly, we observe several higher harmonics of the fundamental modes for FAPbI3 PNCs as compared to FAPbBr3 PNCs. This is likely due to the weaker interaction between the central FA moiety and the inorganic cage for FAPbI3 PNCs, and thus the PbI64− unit can vibrate more freely. This weakening reveals the intrinsic anharmonicity in the Pb-I framework, and thus facilitating the energy transfer into overtone and combination bands. These findings not only unveil the superior stability of Br–based PNCs over I–based PNCs but are also important for a better understanding of their electronic and polaronic properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2629
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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