What is Diode in electronics – Definition, Important Points – eSaral
A diode is a PN junction device. If you want to know what is diode in electronics. Then keep reading.


A diode is a PN junction device

What is diode in electronics

Ideal diode

  • Conducts with zero resistance when forward biased.
  • Offer an infinite resistance when reverse biased.

    What is diode in electronics

Practical Circuit For diode

What is diode in electronics

The practical characteristic curve for a diode:

The practical characteristic curve for a diode:

Important terms related to diode:
  1. Knee VoltageKnee voltage is defined as the forward voltage at which the current through the junction starts increasing rapidly.For silicon = 0.7 volt for germanium = 0.3 volt

  2. Forward resistance or ac resistance:It is defined as the reciprocal of the slope of the forward characteristic curve.forward resistance

    $r_{f}=\frac{1}{\text { slope of forwardcharacteristic }}$

    $=\frac{1}{\Delta \mathrm{I}_{\mathrm{f}} / \Delta \mathrm{V}_{\mathrm{f}}}$

    $=\frac{\Delta \mathrm{V}_{\mathrm{f}}}{\Delta \mathrm{l}_{\mathrm{f}}}$

  3. Junction breakdown :When the reverse voltage is increased a point is reached when the junction breaks down with sudden rise in reverse current. This value of the voltage is known as the breakdown voltage. Two types of breakdown occur:a. Zener breakdown:

    a. Zener breakdown:
    Takes place in junction which are heavily doped so having narrow depletion layers. A very strong electric field appears across the narrow depletion layer which breaks the bond.

    b. Avalanche breakdown :

    Occur in junctions which are lightly doped. (having wide depletion layer) so at a high electric field, the minority charge carriers, while crossing the junction acquire very high velocities. A chain reaction is established, giving rise to the high current.

  4. Diffusion Current :Some electrons and holes have more kinetic energy $\left[\frac{1}{2} \mathrm{mv}^{2}>\mathrm{eV}\right]$ So $\mathrm{e}^{-}$ diffuse from n to p side and hole diffuse from p to n side due to diffusion of the charge carriers a current will flow known as diffusion current.

    a. Because of the concentration difference diffusion occurs.

    b. Diffusion results in an electric current from p side to the n side

    c. When P-N. Jn is in no Bias = diffusion current = drift current

    Net charge flow = 0

    Net current = 0

  5. Drift Current: Due to thermal collisions, the covalent bond is broken. If an electron-hole pair is created in the depletion region, there is a regular flow of electrons towards the n side and of holes towards the p side. Current flow n side to p side called drift current.Drift current and the diffusion current are in the opposite direction

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