Layered indium selenide (InSe) is a van der Waals solid that has emerged as a promising material for high-performance ultrathin solar cells. The optoelectronic parameters that are critical to photoconversion efficiencies, such as hot carrier lifetime and surface recombination velocity, are however largely unexplored in InSe. Here, these key photophysical properties of layered InSe are measured with femtosecond transient reflection spectroscopy. The hot carrier cooling process is found to occur through phonon scattering. The surface recombination velocity and ambipolar diffusion coefficient are extracted from fits to the pump energy-dependent transient reflection kinetics using a free carrier diffusion model. The extracted surface recombination velocity is approximately an order of magnitude larger than that for methylammonium lead-iodide perovskites, suggesting that surface recombination is a principal source of photocarrier loss in InSe. The extracted ambipolar diffusion coefficient is consistent with previously reported values of InSe carrier mobility.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry