1N400x Breakdown Voltage

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  1. tracecom

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    In the attached 1N4001-1N4007 datasheet, the breakdown voltage (Vzk) is not listed. Am I correct to infer from Figure 4 that Vzk is approximately 120-130% of the Rated Peak Reverse Voltage?

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  2. crutschow

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    Vzk is likely not tested and thus not given in the data sheet. Normally you should never operate the diode above its Rated Peak Reverse Voltage. Are you planning on operating it above that?
     
  3. tracecom

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    No. It's purely an effort on my part to understand breakdown voltage in the context of p-n junctions.
     
  4. SgtWookie

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    If you hit the actual breakdown voltage, you'll most likely kill the diode(s), as they aren't avalanche rated.
     
  5. tracecom

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    But I still want to understand what Figure 4 is telling me. Doesn't it indicate a sudden increase in reverse current at approximately 125% of Vrrm, and isn't that what breakdown voltage is? Or am I misunderstanding something?
     
  6. crutschow

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    Yes, that increase in current shown is the start of the avalanche breakdown. But there likely is a significant unit-to-unit difference in that voltage between different production diodes.
     
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