Reflectivity Effects on Pump-Probe Spectra of Lead Halide Perovskites: Comparing Thin Films versus Nanocrystals

Tufan Ghosh, Sigalit Aharon, Adva Shpatz, Lioz Etgar, Sanford Ruhman

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Due to the sizable refractive index of lead halide perovskites, reflectivity off their interface with air exceeds 15%. This has prompted a number of investigations into the prominence of photoreflective contributions to pump-probe data in these materials, with conflicting results. Here we report experiments aimed at assessing this by comparing transient transmission from lead halide perovskite films and weakly quantum confined nanocrystals of cesium lead iodide (CsPbI3) perovskite. By analyzing how complex refractive index changes impact the two experiments, results demonstrate that changes in absorption and not reflection dominate transient transmission measurements in thin films of these materials. None of the characteristic spectral signatures reported in such experiments are exclusively due to or even strongly affected by changes in sample reflectivity. This finding is upheld by another experiment where a methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite film was formed on high-index flint glass and probed after pump irradiation from either face of the sample. We conclude that interpretations of ultrafast pump-probe experiments on thin perovskite films in terms of photoinduced changes in absorption alone are qualitatively sound, requiring relatively minor adjustments to factor in photoreflective effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5719-5725
Number of pages7
JournalACS Nano
Issue number6
StatePublished - 26 Jun 2018


  • absorption and reflectivity of perovskites
  • lead halide perovskite
  • perovskite nanocrystals
  • photoinduced refractive index change
  • ultrafast spectroscopy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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