Lattice vibrations in CH3NH3PbI3 are strongly interacting, with double-well instabilities present at the Brillouin zone boundary. Analysis within a first-principles lattice-dynamics framework reveals anharmonic potentials with short phonon quasiparticle lifetimes and mean free paths. The phonon behavior is distinct from the inorganic semiconductors GaAs and CdTe where three-phonon interaction strengths are three orders of magnitude smaller. The implications for the applications of hybrid halide perovskites arising from thermal conductivity, band-gap deformation, and charge-carrier scattering through electron-phonon coupling, are presented.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics