Understanding Thermal and A-Thermal Trapping Processes in Lead Halide Perovskites Towards Effective Radiation Detection Schemes

Carmelita Rodà, Mauro Fasoli, Matteo L. Zaffalon, Francesca Cova, Valerio Pinchetti, Javad Shamsi, Ahmed L. Abdelhady, Muhammad Imran, Francesco Meinardi, Liberato Manna, Anna Vedda, Sergio Brovelli

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Lead halide perovskites (LHP) are rapidly emerging as efficient, low-cost, solution-processable scintillators for radiation detection. Carrier trapping is arguably the most critical limitation to the scintillation performance. Nonetheless, no clear picture of the trapping and detrapping mechanisms to/from shallow and deep trap states involved in the scintillation process has been reported to date, as well as on the role of the material dimensionality. Here, this issue is addressed by performing, for the first time, a comprehensive study using radioluminescence and photoluminescence measurements side-by-side to thermally-stimulated luminescence (TSL) and afterglow experiments on CsPbBr3 with increasing dimensionality, namely nanocubes, nanowires, nanosheets, and bulk crystals. All systems are found to be affected by shallow defects resulting in delayed intragap emission following detrapping via a-thermal tunneling. TSL further reveals the existence of additional temperature-activated detrapping pathways from deeper trap states, whose effect grows with the material dimensionality, becoming the dominant process in bulk crystals. These results highlight that, compared to massive solids where the suppression of both deep and shallow defects is critical, low dimensional nanostructures are more promising active materials for LHP scintillators, provided that their integration in functional devices meets efficient surface engineering.

Original languageBritish English
Article number2104879
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number43
StatePublished - 20 Oct 2021


  • CsPbBr
  • lead halide perovskites
  • nanocrystals
  • radiation detection
  • radioluminescence
  • scintillation
  • thermally stimulated luminescence
  • trapping


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