ABSTRACT: We present a lattice-dynamics study of rocksalt cadmium oxide (CdO). We use Raman scattering to investigate a series of high-quality CdO epilayers grown on sapphire substrates by means of metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. Two main features are found to dominate the Raman spectra of CdO: a sharp peak at ∼265 cm <sup>-1</sup> and a broad feature at ∼390 cm <sup>-1</sup> . To assign these and other weaker second-order features that appear in the Raman spectra, we have carried out an ab initio calculation of the phonon dispersion in CdO. From the calculated two-phonon density of states (PDOS) we tentatively assign the peak at 265 cm <sup>-1</sup> to a 2 TA (L) mode. The broadband centered at ∼390 cm <sup>-1</sup> seems to reflect the high two-PDOS in the 300–450 cm <sup>-1</sup> spectral region.
Journal of Applied Physics 04/2010; · 2.17 Impact Factor