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Small electron polarons in CsPbBr3

Nicklas Österbacka1, Paul Erhart1, Stefano Falletta2, Alfredo Pasquarello2, Julia Wiktor1*

1 Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden

2 Chaire de Simulation à l’Echelle Atomique (CSEA), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

* Corresponding authors emails: julia.wiktor@chalmers.se
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:y5-kt [version v1]

Publication date: Dec 01, 2020

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Nicklas Österbacka, Paul Erhart, Stefano Falletta, Alfredo Pasquarello, Julia Wiktor, Small electron polarons in CsPbBr3, Materials Cloud Archive 2020.154 (2020), doi: 10.24435/materialscloud:y5-kt.


We study the nature of excess electrons in CsPbBr3 and identify several single and double polaronic states. We emphasize the importance of proper inclusion of the self-interaction corrections for the stability of small electron polarons in this material. We demonstrate that spin–orbit coupling (SOC) has a significant impact on the energetics of the polaronic states. In particular, we find that SOC disfavors electron localization and leads to different polaronic geometries. Additionally, by carrying out thermodynamic integration, we show that small electron polarons are thermally stabilized in CsPbBr3. The small energy differences between the localized and delocalized electronic states could possibly reconcile the apparently conflicting properties of high charge-carrier mobilities and low recombinations rates.

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2020.154 (version v1) [This version] Dec 01, 2020 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:y5-kt