Flowerlike ZnO nanoneedle arrays have been synthesized on Si (100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition techniques. The tips of the nanoneedles are ˜ 20- 50 nm in diameter and their roots are as thick as ˜ 50- 100 nm. The nanoneedle arrays grow preferentially along the  direction. Raman spectroscopy shows three first order optical normal modes which confirm wurtzite structure of ZnO nanoneedles. In the low frequency zone, additive modes (92, 122, 163, and 275 cm-1) are observed and can be attributed to zone boundary phonons. ZnO nanoneedle arrays exhibit a strong UV luminescence emission, and two strong peaks at 3.258 eV and 3.288 eV are observed.