Making oscillator using zener diode

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Joined Jan 11, 2018
I was wondering if i can use an zener diode instead of a transistor to make that single transistor oscillator cause basically it works on breakdown of the emitter. Or making a Pierson anson oscillator using zener diode instead of neon lamp.
Any suggestions?


Joined Mar 14, 2008
A neon lamp can be used in an oscillator circuit because its breakdown voltage is higher than it's sustaining voltage (negative resistance).
A zener has its breakdown voltage the same as its sustaining voltage, so won't work in a oscillator circuit.