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Starting Electronics, 4th Edition by Keith Brindley

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Chapter 6. Diodes I
In an initial foray into diodes, this chapter looks at their operation in forward-biased and reverse-biased circuits. Plots are made of the various diode characteristics. Zener diodes are introduced, together with the concept of breakdown voltage, and how that affects the diode’s characteristics.
Keywords: Diode, light emitting diode, LED, forward-bias, reverse-bias, bias, anode, cathode, transition voltage, diode characteristics, zener diode, breakdown voltage
We’re going to take a close look at a new type of component in this chapter – the diode. Diodes are the simplest component in the range of devices known as semiconductors. Actually, we’ve briefly looked at a form of diode before – the light-emitting diode, or LED – and ...

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