In this work, we study the electrical properties of transparent conducting oxides using physical and optical techniques. The objective is to characterize the conductivity of a series of cadmium oxide zinc-oxide thin films with varying cadmium concentrations using three methods. The Hall Effect estimates carrier concentration, sheet conductivity, and carrier mobility. Optical methods, such as FTIR spectroscopy, can provide estimates of the plasma frequency, which describes a metal’s transition from being transparent to opaque to light. THz spectroscopy extracts the complex conductivity of materials in the far infrared spectrum and provides insights on the optical transport properties of conductors. Our findings show that DC/AC measurements of the conductivity of Cd/ZnO thin films exhibit frequency independent conductivity, indicating that the films are homogeneous Drude metals.
"Investigation on the Electrical Properties of CdO/ZnO thin films using THz Spectroscopy,"
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/mjpa/vol7/iss1/5