Sensitivity and Detection Limit of Spectroscopic-Grade Perovskite CsPbBr3 Crystal for Hard X-Ray Detection

Yihui He, Ido Hadar, Michael C. De Siena, Vladislav V. Klepov, Lei Pan, Duck Young Chung, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis*

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Spectroscopic-grade single crystal detectors can register the energies of individual X-ray interactions enabling photon-counting systems with superior resolution over traditional photoconductive X-ray detection systems. Current technical challenges have limited the preparation of perovskite semiconductors for energy-discrimination X-ray photon-counting detection. Here, this work reports the deployment of a spectroscopic-grade CsPbBr3 Schottky detector under reverse bias for continuum hard X-ray detection in both the photocurrent and spectroscopic schemes. High surface barriers of ≈1 eV are formed by depositing solid bismuth and gold contacts. The spectroscopic response under a hard X-ray source is assessed in resolving the characteristic X-ray peak. The methodology in enhancing X-ray sensitivity by controlling the X-ray energies and flux, and voltage, is described. The X-ray sensitivity varies between a few tens to over 8000 μC Gyair−1 cm−2. The detectable dose rate of the CsPbBr3 detectors is as low as 0.02 nGyair s−1 in the energy discrimination configuration. Finally, the unbiased CsPbBr3 device forms a spontaneous contact potential difference of about 0.7 V enabling high quality of the CsPbBr3 single crystals to operate in “passive” self-powered X-ray detection mode and the X-ray sensitivity is estimated as 14 μC Gyair−1 cm−2. The great potential of spectroscopic-grade CsPbBr3 devices for X-ray photon-counting systems is anticipated in this work.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number2112925
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number24
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • Schottky barrier
  • X-ray photon counting
  • gamma-ray response
  • perovskite semiconductor
  • single crystal


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