The existence and impact of persistent ferroelectric domains in MAPbI 3

Lauren M. Garten, David T. Moore, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, Shyam Dwaraknath, Philip Schulz, Jake Wands, Angus Rockett, Brian Newell, Kristin A. Persson, Susan Trolier-McKinstry, David S. Ginley

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Methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI 3 ) exhibits exceptional photovoltaic performance, but there remains substantial controversy over the existence and impact of ferroelectricity on the photovoltaic response. We confirm ferroelectricity in MAPbI 3 single crystals and demonstrate mediation of the electronic response by ferroelectric domain engineering. The ferroelectric response sharply declines above 57°C, consistent with the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition. Concurrent band excitation piezoresponse force microscopy–contact Kelvin probe force microscopy shows that the measured response is not dominated by spurious electrostatic interactions. Large signal poling (>16 V/cm) orients the permanent polarization into large domains, which show stabilization over weeks. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results indicate a shift of 400 meV in the binding energy of the iodine core level peaks upon poling, which is reflected in the carrier concentration results from scanning microwave impedance microscopy. The ability to control the ferroelectric response provides routes to increase device stability and photovoltaic performance through domain engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbereaas9311
JournalScience Advances
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 25 2019

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