The Rectifier Diode
The diode will pass electric current in one direction only.
It is used in power supplies as a rectifie...
Simple Rectifier Circuit
The simplest rectifier circuit is called the ‘Half-Wave’ rectifier as it
only converts one half c...
Rectifier Diode Characteristics
The rectifier diode has a low resistance in the forward direction and a very high
resistan...
The Rectifier Diode – Characteristics
Activity
Silicon Diode (1N4001)
Select your components and instruments place them on...
The Rectifier Diode – Characteristics Activity
Breadboard layout and Connections
Select your components and instruments pl...
The Zener Diode
The Zener diode is a silicon junction diode designed to operate in the
reverse conduction mode and provide...
Zener Diode Applications
The zener diode provides a stable voltage (VZ) from a varying source voltage (VI).
Circuit analys...
Zener Diode Characteristics
The zener diode will pass electric current in both directions, however it is
usually operated ...
Diode Types and Markings
Diode types range from small signal glass and general purpose ceramic to high
current stud mounte...
The PN Junction
A p-n junction is a piece of semiconductor material in which part of the material is p-type
and part n-typ...
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  1. 1. The Rectifier Diode The diode will pass electric current in one direction only. It is used in power supplies as a rectifier to convert AC voltages to DC voltages. The diode is the simplest form of semiconductor device used in electronics and is formed using a single P-N junction. conventional current flow Cathode -Anode + NP electron flow
  2. 2. Simple Rectifier Circuit The simplest rectifier circuit is called the ‘Half-Wave’ rectifier as it only converts one half cycle. Since current passes in one direction only, the negative portion of the waveform is blocked. 0 t + - Vo Vi I D - ac mains supply + Vi Vo dc (unsmoothed) voltage VF
  3. 3. Rectifier Diode Characteristics The rectifier diode has a low resistance in the forward direction and a very high resistance in the reverse direction. It therefore passes current in one direction only. A diode which is reverse-biased will not pass a significant current, however if the reverse voltage rating is exceeded the diode will break down. This voltage is called the maximum reverse voltage (VRRM ). VF IF (mA) -IR (µA) Forward bias VR 0.4 0.6 Reverse bias breakdown Voltage (VRRM ) silicon germanium
  4. 4. The Rectifier Diode – Characteristics Activity Silicon Diode (1N4001) Select your components and instruments place them on the breadboard. Connect the components to form the circuit shown using link wire. Set power supply voltage to 15 volts Adjust current from 0 to 20mA in 2mA steps and record your results Germanium diode (OA91) Repeat the above for the germanium diode. R1 470Ω DC POWER SUPPLY 15V VR1 1kΩ VF Multi-meter set to volts (2V) + + IF Objective: To measure and compare the characteristics of a silicon and germanium rectifier diode. R1 470Ω+ - TEST DIODE Multi-meter set to current (100mA)
  5. 5. The Rectifier Diode – Characteristics Activity Breadboard layout and Connections Select your components and instruments place them on the breadboard as shown and connect the test instruments. Ammeter IF -+Voltmeter VF + - DC Power Supply + 15v R1 470Ω VR1 1kΩ - TEST DIODE
  6. 6. The Zener Diode The Zener diode is a silicon junction diode designed to operate in the reverse conduction mode and provide a stable voltage across its terminals. It is used to provide a reference voltage in comparator circuits, power supply circuits and constant current sources. It can also be used to provide a regulated supply to a load but has limitations where the load can change. conventional current flow Cathode +Anode -
  7. 7. Zener Diode Applications The zener diode provides a stable voltage (VZ) from a varying source voltage (VI). Circuit analysis ILOAD IZ R + - + - VZ IT VI VR IT = IZ + IL amps ohmsR = VI - VZ IT VR = VI - VZ volts R + - + - Regulated (Fixed) output voltage, (VO ) Unregulated input voltage (VI ) Typical application
  8. 8. Zener Diode Characteristics The zener diode will pass electric current in both directions, however it is usually operated in the reverse bias mode. Its resistance is high in the ‘reverse’ direction until the zener breakdown voltage (VZ ) is reached. At this point the diode conducts as its resistance becomes very low, maintaining a constant voltage across its terminals. VF IF (mA) -IR (mA) Forward bias VR 0.6V Reverse bias Zener breakdown Voltage (VZ ) Breakdown current (IZ )
  9. 9. Diode Types and Markings Diode types range from small signal glass and general purpose ceramic to high current stud mounted. Applications include power supply rectifiers, protection and detector circuits for radio tuning. Diodes are identified using an alphanumeric code and the cathode is identified by a bar. Package styles range from miniature glass bead to large metal stud. Stud mounted styles print the diode symbol orientated to identify the polarity. 1 watt rectifier diode 30 watt rectifier diode Germanium signal diode
  10. 10. The PN Junction A p-n junction is a piece of semiconductor material in which part of the material is p-type and part n-type. At the junction donated electrons called majority carriers diffuse into the p-type material and the acceptor holes diffuse into the n-type material The area in the region of the junction becomes depleted of holes and electrons due to re-combination and is called the depletion layer. Impurity atoms (fixed) p - type material n - type material Holes (mobile carriers) Electrons (mobile carriers) Electrons (negative charge carriers) Holes (positive charge carriers) Depletion layer
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