# Common Emitter Amplifiers

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by electricShOcK, May 6, 2009.

1. ### electricShOcK Thread Starter New Member

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For the common emitter amplifiers why is the voltage at emitter always less than the voltage at base?? Apr 20, 2004
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3. ### PRS Well-Known Member

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The emitter-base junction is basically a diode. Current passes through a diode in only one direction. The voltage drop is due to the diode's resistance and is about .6v for silicon and .2 volts for germanium. The resistance is given by the thermal voltage divided by the current. At room temp this is about 26mV and at a current of 1mA we get a diode resistance of about 26 ohm.

4. ### Ron H AAC Fanatic!

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The resistance you are describing is the small-signal or dynamic resistance. It does not explain the ≈0.6V Vbe. The forward drop can be calculated from the diode equation as a function of current, if you know the saturation current and the emission coefficient.

5. ### PRS Well-Known Member

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Thanks Ron. I stand corrected. But Electricshock, the diode resistance with the base current passing through it is what reduces the voltage.

6. ### electricShOcK Thread Starter New Member

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Thank you got it 