Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2008, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (07): 1233-1238.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20080719

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Structural, Energetical and Electronic Properties of CdO and CdxZn1-xO Compounds

SUN Hui-Qing; DING Shao-Feng; WANG Yu-Tian; DENG Bei; FAN Guang-Han   

  1. Institute of Opto-Electronic Materials and Technology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, P. R. China
  • Received:2008-01-21 Revised:2008-04-02 Published:2008-07-04
  • Contact: SUN Hui-Qing

Abstract: We have studied the structural, energetical, and electronic properties of CdxZn1 -xO films in wurtzite structure and CdO in rocksalt, zinc blende, and wurtzite structures by the method of total energy plane-wave expansion with first-principles ultrasoft pseudo-potential technology based on the density functional theory (DFT). Stabilities of CdO in different structures were analyzed and it was concluded that rocksalt and wurtzite structures of CdO almost had the same stability, but the zinc blende structure was not so stable. From the simulation of CdxZn1-xO films, we obtained the equilibrium lattice constants, the formation energies, and the band gap energy bowing parameter. The results of formation energies revealed that the CdxZn1-xOfilms were unstable at the composition of about x=0.4. Phase segregation between ZnO and CdO might occur at this point.

Key words: CdO, CdxZn1-xO, Wurtzite structure, Electronic band structure, Density functional theory


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