Layer-Dependent Coherent Acoustic Phonons in Two-Dimensional Ruddlesden–Popper Perovskite Crystals

Partha Maity, Jun Yin, Bin Cheng, Jr-Hau He, Osman Bakr, Omar F. Mohammed

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By combining femtosecond transient reflectance (TR) spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we reveal the impact of the length of the organic linkers (HOC2H4NH3+ and C6H5C2H4NH3+) and the number of inorganic layers (n = 1–3) on the hot carrier relaxation dynamics and coherent acoustic phonons in 2D Ruddlesden–Popper (RP) perovskites. We find that the interplay between the hot carriers and the coherent longitudinal acoustic phonons (CLAPs) can extend the oscillation of the TR kinetics to nanoseconds, which could lead to the higher thermal conductivities of 2D RP perovskites. Moreover, we find that the frequency of the acoustic phonon oscillation and phonon velocity decreases with the increasing number of layers due to the increased mass of the inorganic layers and reduced electron–phonon coupling. This finding provides new physical insights into how the organic spacers and number of inorganic layers control the overall carrier dynamics of 2D perovskite materials.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5259-5264
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Aug 26 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We acknowledge Dr. Liangjin Xu for preparing the perovskite crystals. We acknowledge the Supercomputing Laboratory at KAUST for their computational and storage resources, as well as their gracious assistance.


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