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Title: Effect of cadmium oxide incorporation on the microstructural and optical properties of pulsed laser deposited nanostructured zinc oxide thin films
Authors: Vinodkumar, R.
Lethy, K.J.
Arunkumar, P.R.
Krishnan, Renju R.
Pillai, Venugopalan N.
Mahadevan Pillai, V.P.
Philip, Reji
Keywords: Thin films
Optical materials
Optical properties
Nanostructures
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2010
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2010, Vol.121, p406
Abstract: CdO doped (doping concentration 0, 1,3 and 16 wt%) ZnO nanostructured thin films are grown on quartz substrate by pulsed laser deposition and the films are annealed at temperature 500 degrees C. The structural, morphological and optical properties of the annealed films are systematically studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM). Micro-Raman spectra, UV-vis spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectra and open aperture z-scan. 1 wt% CdO doped ZnO films are annealed at different temperatures viz., 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 degrees C and the structural and optical properties of these films are also investigated. The XRD patterns suggest a hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. The crystallite size, lattice constants, stress and lattice strain in the films are calculated. The presence of high-frequency E-2 mode and the longitudinal optical A(1) (LO) modes in the Raman spectra confirms the hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. The presence of CdO in the doped films is confirmed from the EDX spectrum. SEM and AFM micrographs show that the films are uniform and the crystallites are in the nano-dimension. AFM picture suggests a porous network structure for 3% CdO doped film. The porosity and refractive indices of the films are calculated from the transmittance and reflectance spectra. Optical band gap energy is found to decrease in the CdO doped films as the CdO doping concentration increases. The PL spectra show emissions corresponding to the near band edge (NBE) ultra violet emission and deep level emission in the visible region. The 16CdZnO film shows an intense deep green PL emission. Non-linear optical measurements using the z-scan technique indicate that the saturable absorption (SA) behavior exhibited by undoped ZnO under green light excitation (532 nm) can be changed to reverse saturable absorption (RSA) with CdO doping. From numerical simulations the saturation intensity (I-s) and the effective two-photon absorption coefficient (beta) are calculated for the undoped and CdO doped ZnO films
Description: Restricted Access.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/3981
ISSN: 0254-0584
Alternative Location: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matchemphys.2010.01.004
Copyright: 2010 Elsevier B.V.
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