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What's the physical meaning of the imaginary component of impedance?

As you know, impedance is defined as a complex number. Ideal capacitors: $$ \frac {1} {j \omega C} \hspace{0.5 pc} \mathrm{or} \hspace{0.5 pc} \frac {1} {sC} $$ Ideal inductors: $$ j \omega L ...
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Electrical analogy for stress and strain

It feels like the relation between stress and strain (and other mechanical properties) is analogous to that of some electrical properties (voltage and current?). I'm comfortable with electrical ...
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Charge Amplifier response and frequency response [closed]

I am getting ready for my final and have completed everything on my study guide except for two questions I cannot figure out. Here is the first question: I have gone through all my lectures and ...
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How big was the first transistor?

The first working point-contact transistor made in 1947 by Bell Labs. I'm looking for specific dimensions, all I've been able to find is "Fits in the palm of your hand".
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Would connecting p-type and n-type semiconductors work as a diode?

If we placed p-type and n-type semiconductors close enough to be touching (see fig. 1), would this arrangement work as a diode? ...
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How do Zener diodes maintain the potential across their terminals?

My physics book has a topic about Zener diodes being used as voltage regulators in the reverse bias. Well, I'm curious to know how does a Zener diode maintain the potential across its terminals after ...
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Can you replace the backlight of a thin film transistor (TFT) with a mirror?

I basically know how TFT' displays work. They have on both sides a polarizing foil, in 90 degrees with the crystals in the middle modifying which light particles should pass through or not. The light ...
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What do I get when measuring on top of metal/insulator/metal by kelvin probe?

I am using a macroscopic Kelvin Probe for work function measurement. There's one confusing condition. If I measure a trilayer thin film stack with a structure of ITO(bottom)/PMMA(100-200nm)/Al(top), ...
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When does Thevenin's theorem not apply (modelling a power source with a ohmic internal resistance)

Most physics text books say that a power source can be modelled as an EMF with a internal resistance. This is also know as Thevenin's theorem or Norton's theorem. However I have read in some sources ...
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Turn-on delay time for Laser diode

Do you know any simple explanation on the reason why the turn-on delay time on a laser diode is reducing while we increase the bias current? Turn on delay,is the time that the laser needs from the ...
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What is the speed of electrons in a transistor?

What is the average speed of an electron in a MOSFET transistor, and how can you calculate this? I've heard people throw terms such as "drift velocity" and "Fermi velocity" around, but I've never ...
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Increasing potential in a voltage doubler

When I use a sinusoidal input AC-voltage from -1 Volt to +1 V , the potential between the diode and the capacitor is increasing. But why do I reach a value of 2 Volt over the diode? I deliberately ...
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What is the role of center-tapping in a full wave rectifier?

Note: I have already tried googling. Although similar questions have been asked on different forums, I couldn't find a detailed explanation, which I could really understand. Circuit diagram ...
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Working of a p-n junction diode when forward biased

If p-type semiconductor and n-type semiconductor of a diode are equally doped, and if the diode is forward biased, then holes will move toward the n-type semiconductor and electrons will move toward ...
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Diodes (Forward biased)

Why does the width of the depletion region decrease,when the diode is forward biased?Is it because the ions have moved to p-junction,or n-junction? Please clarify.
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Dependence of intensity of a LED on forward bias voltage

Due to increase in forward bias voltage, the intensity of light increases but after a particular value the intensity decreases. Why?
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Electronic filter

Can you explain, please, step-by-step how an electronic filter does work? For example, high pass filter. I know It's a trivial things, but I can't get it completely. Don't bring me formula and etc. ...
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How to understand exciton?

I know that exciton is an electron and hole orbiting around each other(at least that is what I have heard). So if the hole is a hypothetical particle with a plus sign, mining that it is a lack of an ...
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Problems in the modern semiconductor/electronics technology?

From what I have read, the problem with modern semiconductors/electronics seems to be quantum tunnelling and heat. The root of these problems is the size of the devices. The electrons are leaking out, ...
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Explanation of NMOS processes

Gate (poly-Si + $SiO_2$) and $p^{-}$ silicon operate as capacitors. But how are voltages and charges applied? In order for inversion to occur, there should be charges formed in poly-Si, right? How ...
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What is a virtual ground?

What is a virtual ground? I would like to know what it is.
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How do Zener diodes survive the breakdown during reverse bias?

My highschool textbook states that Zener diodes are a special type of diode which is made of highly doped p and n junctions, and which can survive reverse bias - unlike normal diodes, which get ...
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Smallest minimum feature size possible for transistors printed by photolithography

I'm doing a project about Moore's Law, one of the subtopics I've come to is photolithography. The way I understand it is that the MOSFET transistors are currently printed on a silicon wafer by ...
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Why do you only hear high frequencies when a microphone is near its speaker?

The phenomenon I'm talking about is positive feedback, as known from control engineering: when the microphone is too close to its speaker, it can "hear itself", so the signal will be infinitely ...
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Why are there two quasi Fermi levels and only one Equilibrium Fermi level?

I am reading a book and I'm trying to understand the concept of quasi Fermi levels. For example, A steady state of Electron Hole pairs are created at the rate of $10^{13}\ \mathrm{cm}^{-3}$ per ...
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What is the mechanism of conduction of electric current in a conductor? [duplicate]

I am just very much confused about what mechanism is followed when we connect the - terminal of battery to the + terminal through a conductor? What happens inside the conductors that makes the ...
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Nodal Analysis of an electrical circuit

I have several doubts about solving circuits. Can any circuit be solved using Nodal Analysis? If some circuit can be solved using Nodal Analysis, can it be solved using Mesh Analysis too? Why do we ...
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Why cellphone cameras don't have optical zoom

I have just basic understanding of Physics from elementary school. But I still wonder, why after 10 years of cameras in cellphones, there is no "small-pack" optical zoom. I think there should be no ...
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Layered CMOS structure question

I am trying to understand the workings of a CMOS image sensor. I understand that increasing wavelength results in an increased penetration depth in the silicon often used in CMOS image sensors. What ...
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Is electronics a core topic in physics? [closed]

I thought electronics is mainly discussed in engineering majors. But in my university Electronics and Digital Electronics is also compulsory for physics majors.I searched other's syllabus, but I ...
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Full wave rectification [duplicate]

In the construction of a full wave rectifier, why is there central tapping in the secondary winding of the power transformer? What's the pure reason behind it? If there was no central tapping, what ...
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Electrical conductivity of an intrinsic semiconductor

On which factor does the electrical conductivity of an intrinsic semiconductor depend? It doesn't have an excess of charge carriers in fact, does it?
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Can electrons move through vacuum?

I studied that electronics is the branch of physics which deals with the practical applications of moving electrons through vacuum, semi-conductors and gasses. Can electrons move through vacuum?
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In the diode equation, why the exponential $\exp$ and the ideality factor $n$ are there? What do they represent & what is their significance?

In the Shockley diode equation, why the exponential $\exp$ and the ideality factor $n$ are there? What do they represent & what is their significance? I have to work on Solar Photovoltaics, and ...
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Is it possible to record the 'blue air" effect when a core goes critical?

I've been studying about radiation, and I saw something called the Demon Core. Apparently, it was a core that was under experimentation by the government in Los Alamos to see the exact point at which ...
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How does rust behave as a PN junction?

Reading about old-fangled radios the reference quoted below indicates it was/is possible to use a rusted razor (or perhaps any similar thin corroded metal strip) as a detector. Some resourceful GIs ...
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Why is spectral sensivity of a photodiode expressed in A/W

Can someone explain me the meaning of the A/W unit of the photosensivity when reading a spectral response function of the wavelength characteristic of a photodiode?
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The things to consider when choosing a mesh for an electron detector (MCP detector)

I am designing a electron velocity map imaging setup. I need a copper mesh just infront of the detector to accelerate the electrons towards the MCP detector. I am doing the instrument design for the ...
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Instrumentation handbook [closed]

Does anyone have any suggestion on a handbook of instrumentation? In particular NIM instrumentation... I would like an approach which will explain the techniques and how to use NIM modules. In ...
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PN Junction Depletion Region

So it took me a little bit to understand this, but I want to make sure I have a few things right. First of all, when a Crystal Structure with One side N-Doped, One Side P-Doped are in the same ...
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Explanation of the Graetz circuit

My knowledge of circuits is pretty rudimentary and I've never really understood circuits, so I'm having trouble with the concept of Graetz circuits: When you register the voltage on the resistor R ...
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Is there an equation for the magnetic field of a conductor attached to a magnet?

Let's say I have a hollow conductive rod, 10mm diameter (O.D.), and I place a magnet of known strength 50mm up the shaft. What is the microTesla (mT) or Gauss (G) of the magnetic field (or flux ...
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Characteristic of a common emitter transistor [closed]

How is Base emitter junction and collector emitter junction biased? How do we determine the value of potential difference between emitter and collector required to be maintained in order to determine ...
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Is it possible to make an RFID-like device which responds to a metal detector?

Would it be possible to make a small device which can be easily detected with a metal detector (or similar) from several feet away? It would need to operate kind of like a shop-security tag but it ...
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Horsepower achieved with multiple motors

Scenario I'm planning to build an electric motor for fun (not for any practical purpose). I recently purchased a shapeoko CNC mill kit and intend to manufacture most of the parts housing, stator etc. ...
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Mechanical work to required battery power

I have a very practical question where I've calculated the mechanical work needed by a simple mechanical system by solving the line integral $W = \int_C \ F \ dx$. However, since I have a black spot ...
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Algorithmic approach for applying Kirchhoff's Rules to circuit analysis

Working with Kirchhoff's rules, I am attempting to device an algorithmic approach to finding the unknowns of the problems, I am of a Computer Science background and I am finding it difficult to ...
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What is the difference of the two stable states of a Flip-flop?

In electronics, a flip-flop or latch is a circuit that has two stable states and can be used to store state information. [...] Flip-flops and latches are used as data storage elements. Such data ...
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Could a variable capacitor divider replace a Variac?

Hmmm... You can definitely drop down the voltage, and ideal capacitors don't dissipate any power. So it seems, at first glance, that you could use a capacitor divider as a lossless voltage step-down ...
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Why does it spark when I push a plug in the electrical socket?

When I slowly push a plug into the electrical socket I can often see sparks. Can anybody explain why? Can this be possibly harmful for the devices I plug in?