tunnel diode


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tunnel diode

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(Electronics) an extremely stable semiconductor diode, having a very narrow highly doped p-n junction, in which electrons travel across the junction by means of the tunnel effect. Also called: Esaki diode
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Woodall, Gallium arsenide deep-level pin tunnel diode with very negative conductance", Electronics letters, sept.
TABLE I TYPE OF PULSE SOURCES AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS (5) Best Available Risetime at Type Step/Pulse Amplitude Notes Mercury switch step 70 ps 300 V max PRF = 200 Hz Avalanche transistor pulse 150 ps 12 V device selection necessary Tunnel diode step 25 ps 0.
As the researchers changed the voltage across the tunnel diode, they observed large fluctuations in current due to the appearance and disappearance of wave function scars.
The barrier-crossing electrons could be used for switching purposes, and Esaki tunnel diodes were ultrasmall and ultrafast.