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2: PN Junctions and Diodes

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    Learning Objectives

    After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

    • Describe and diagram the energy hill for a PN junction.
    • Discuss the different kinds of diodes available and their uses: rectifier, Zener, LED, photodiode and varactor.
    • Detail the device characteristics exhibited by different diode types.
    • Graph the forward- and reverse-bias operation regions of diodes.
    • Determine the effective resistance of a diode under specific conditions.
    • Solve basic DC resistor-diode circuits for various system voltages and currents.


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