Components-the nature of static electricity


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Hypatia's Protege

Joined Mar 1, 2015
Hello, I wanted to know if anyone could help me understand the properties of static electricity and how the effect certain components, such as diodes, resistors etc.
Although ESD (i.e. electrostatic discharge) is principally an issue only with components featuring high impedance (i.e. insulated) "junctions" (e.g. MOS, IGBTs, LASER diodes, etc) extreme manifestations may damage other technologies as well --- FWIW Highly effective 'component-level' ESD 'hardening' is practically realizable via employment of Silicon-On-Sapphire technology...

As a side note: The term "static electricity" is troublesome in that, by definition, 'electricity' is charge in flux... That said, the term generally refers to charge on 'inadvertent capacitors' or current attendant to discharge of same...

Hope this is of some assistance:)
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