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Raman spectrum of the organic–inorganic halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 from first principles and high-resolution low-temperature raman measurements

Journal of Physical Chemistry C American Chemical Society 122 (2018) 21703–21717-

M Pérez-Osorio, Q Lin, R Milot, L Herz, M Johnston, F Giustino

We investigate the Raman spectrum of the low-temperature orthorhombic phase of the organic-inorganic halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3, by combining first-principles calculations with high-resolution low-temperature Raman measurements. We find good agreement between theory and experiment and successfully assign each of the Raman peaks to the underlying vibrational modes. In the low-frequency spectral range (below 60 cm-1), we assign the prominent Raman signals at 26, 32, 42, and 49 cm-1to the Pb-I-Pb bending modes with either Agor B2gsymmetry and the signal at 58 cm-1to the librational mode of the organic cation. Owing to their significant intensity, we propose that these peaks can serve as clear markers of the vibrations of the [PbI3]-network and of the CH3NH3+ cations in this perovskite, respectively. In particular, the ratios of the intensities of these peaks might be used to monitor possible deviations from the ideal stoichiometry of CH3NH3PbI3.

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