Sensitive X-ray detection is crucial for medical diagnosis, industrial inspection and scientific research. The recently described hybrid lead halide perovskites have demonstrated low-cost fabrication and outstanding performance for direct X-ray detection, but they all contain toxic Pb in a soluble form. Here, we report sensitive X-ray detectors using solution-processed double perovskite Cs2AgBiBr6 single crystals. Through thermal annealing and surface treatment, we largely eliminate Ag+/Bi3+ disordering and improve the crystal resistivity, resulting in a detector with a minimum detectable dose rate as low as 59.7 nGyair s−1, comparable to the latest record of 0.036 μGyair s−1 using CH3NH3PbBr3 single crystals. Suppressed ion migration in Cs2AgBiBr6 permits relatively large external bias, guaranteeing efficient charge collection without a substantial increase in noise current and thus enabling the low detection limit.

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This work was supported financially by the Major State Basic Research Development Program of China (2016YFB0700700, 2016YFA0204000), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (91433105, 11674237, 51602211, 61501197, 61425001), the HUST Key Innovation Team for Interdisciplinary Promotion (2016JCTD111, 2017KFXKJC003) and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province of China (grant no. BK20160299). The authors acknowledge the Analytical and Testing Center of HUST and facility support from the Center for Nanoscale Characterization and Devices, WNLO. Theoretical calculations were performed in TianHe-II of the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou. X. Miao and X. Yang at Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Z. Ning at ShanghaiTech University are thanked for help with measurements.

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  1. Weicheng Pan, Haodi Wu, Jiajun Luo and Zhenzhou Deng contributed equally to this work.


  1. Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), 430074, Wuhan, China

    • Weicheng Pan
    • , Haodi Wu
    • , Jiajun Luo
    • , Cong Ge
    • , Chao Chen
    • , Guangda Niu
    • , Lixiao Yin
    • , Ying Zhou
    •  & Jiang Tang
  2. School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), 430074, Wuhan, China

    • Weicheng Pan
    • , Haodi Wu
    • , Jiajun Luo
    • , Cong Ge
    • , Chao Chen
    • , Guangda Niu
    • , Lixiao Yin
    • , Ying Zhou
    •  & Jiang Tang
  3. School of Information Engineering, Nanchang University, 330031, Nanchang, China

    • Zhenzhou Deng
  4. School of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 430074, Wuhan, China

    • Zhenzhou Deng
    •  & Qingguo Xie
  5. Soochow Institute for Energy and Materials InnovationS (SIEMIS), College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy & Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, 215006, Suzhou, China

    • Xiaowei Jiang
    •  & Wan-Jian Yin
  6. Key Laboratory of Advanced Carbon Materials and Wearable Energy Technologies of Jiangsu Province, Soochow University, 215006, Suzhou, China

    • Xiaowei Jiang
    •  & Wan-Jian Yin
  7. Institute of Microstructure and Property of Advanced Materials, Beijing University of Technology, 100124, Beijing, China

    • Lujun Zhu
    • , Xiaoxing Ke
    •  & Manling Sui


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J.T. conceived and supervised the project. W.P., H.W., J.L., Z.D., G.N. and J.T. designed the experiments and analysed the data. W.P., H.W. and J.L. carried out most experiments regarding material preparation and characterizations, as well as device optimization. Z.D. carried out X-ray source building and initial detector performance characterization. X.J. and W.-J.Y. performed theoretical simulations and analysed the results. Q.X. provided the facility for X-ray detector measurements and some consultation. C.G., C.C. and Y.Z. assisted with device optimization and data analysis. L.Z., X.K. and M.S. carried out SAED characterization. W.P., H.W., J.L., G.N. and J.T. wrote the paper. All authors commented on the manuscript.

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