reverse voltage conduction

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by alex jones, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. alex jones

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    Aug 27, 2008
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    A junction diode starts to conduct freely in the reverse direction when the reverse voltage is raised above a certain value. Would this be reverse voltage Conduction?
     
  2. thingmaker3

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    May 16, 2005
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    The proper term is "breakdown." You might also want to search on the term "zener," and the exact phrase "avalanche current."
     
  3. rezer

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    Aug 26, 2008
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    Of course it is not recommended to use a diode in this fashion. The breakdown voltage, when exceeded makes the diode a great conductor.
    Zener voltage is speced for zener diodes which are meant to conduct in reverse bias mode at a specified voltage.
     
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