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Graded semiconductors - hole concentration function of x

I'm stuck at page 37 of the (second ed.) of "Microelectronics" by Millman & Grabel, section "1-7 Graded Semiconductors". Before that section, it spent some time explaining the phenomenon of ...
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Pn junction voltage drop?

This image from wikipedia, explains that there occurs a potential drop across a pn semiconductor junction, and an electric field confined to the depletion region. I already know the reason for the ...
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Spin FET Transistor

Spin FET Transistor. When a gate voltage is applied to a current of spin polarized electrons, a spin precession will occur. If this spin precession is enough to make the bulk electron spin ...
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Why a tunnel diode (TD) is called a diode?

Traditionally, a diode is a 2-terminal device that limits current to flow in one direction, i.e. a rectifier. But a "tunnel diode", according to wikipedia, is not rectifying: In the tunnel diode, ...
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What's the difference between tunnel diode (TD) and resonant tunneling diode (RTD)?

According to wikipedia, a tunnel diode is a PN junction whose energies are shifted with bias, while a resonant tunneling diode is a quantum well between a double barrier, whose energies change with ...
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Question on Shockley's equation for FETs

I'm currently studying FETs (Field Effect Transistors) in Navy school. What I know so far is that in FETs, $V_{gs}$ is reversed biased, creating a depletion zone. What this means in plain English is ...
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Analyzing the voltage output of clampers

Let us say that we have the following negative clamper circuit with a 50 volt peak-to-peak square wave as an input: The output from the circuit is a -50 volt square wave with the peak positive ...
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Explaining the current flow of the positive shunt clipper (diodes)

I am currently studying clippers or parallel limiters in the Navy and I was wondering if someone could clear up a few things for me. Here is a picture that fits my description: A clipper has a ...
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What does “although electrons enter and leave the diode, charge is carried by holes in the p-type region” mean? [closed]

I read this in an electronics book but I couldn't understand it: The flow of current through a forward-biased diode may be summarized like this. Electrons pass from the external circuit and ...
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Determining energy stored in capacitor and inductor in RLC circuit

I've been stuck on the following homework problem for a few hours now with little progress. As you can see, it's a relatively simple RLC circuit with a couple independent sources and a ...
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Discrepancy in introducing Schottky barrier

I have a problem regarding introduction of Schottky barrier in metal-semiconductor junction. Because of this barrier the energies of conduction band vary discontinuously and hence the potential is ...
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what could generate a high-pitched whine in electronics where the frequency depends on the current?

So I was operating a Laue machine recently which generates x-rays and fires them at a sample, and I noticed that there was a high-pitched whine coming from the instrument (nothing abnormal, just ...
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Calculating Boltzmann constant using semiconductor

My task from the latest laboratory exercise in physics is to calculate Boltzmann constant from known temperature, current and voltage. We were given this circuit: By changing the resistor value, I ...
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Are there any radiation emitted from the cameras? [closed]

Do modern video cameras emit any kind of radiation? If so, what range of frequencies they have? I was wondering if we can detect any radiation so any help regarding detection will also be appreciated. ...
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How does power consumption vary with the processor frequency in a typical computer?

I am looking for an estimate on the relationship between the rate of increase of power usage as the frequency of the processor is increased. Any references to findings on this would be helpful.
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How can monitors display a sharp image, if light travels in all direction?

The question title might be a misnomer, help me improve it. My question is, from my understanding, a light travels in all direction from it's origin point. Also I assume that in the example of a ...
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What stored charges do in a capacitor? [closed]

Why does a fan need capacitor? Capacitor is just providing charges to fan but it can be accomplished without it by directly connecting fan with electric supply. Which other appliances need capacitor?
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Is a motor HP torque directly proportional to the increasing HP among identical motors?

Say you have three motors: Motor 1 = .10 HP with x torque, performing task A Motor 2 = 1 HP with y torque, performing task A Motor 3 = 10 HP with z torque, performing task A If the motors are the ...
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Does the Shockley Diode Equation hold in a dynamic circuit?

Consider the following simple photodiode circuit: I've created a real-life version of this circuit, and I've detected that $I$ is oscillating: $$I(t)=I(t+\tau)\tag{$\tau\approx ...
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Generator phase noise influence on its averaged signal

I need to estimate averaged signal of a generator with known phase noise and the amplitude noise can be neglected. The averaged signal of the generator is expressed as: $$ \langle A\exp{i(\Omega t + ...
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Am I solving this basic Kirchoff's current law and Ohm's law problem correctly?

After moving onto some of the practice textbook exercises in the section covering Kirchhoff's current law and Ohm's law, I came across a problem which evades my best attempts at solving it. Using ...
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What's wrong with this solution to freshman textbook example for Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's current law?

I'm a freshman taking an introductory course on circuit theory and I've run into a bit of trouble working through a textbook example practice problem. Unfortunately, it only lists the answer and not ...
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Really Struggling in electronics. What to do? [closed]

This is my first post so please go easy on me. Okay. Let me introduce myself. I am a first year undergrad CS student who has to study basic electronic course for one semester. As the title says, I am ...
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why some elements of same group cannot be used for doping semiconductors?

15th group elements like As, Sb, P can be used for doping whereas N and Bi cannot be used for doping even though they too belong belong to 15th group. Why ?
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How does a digital radio tuner work?

I believe I understand how tuning a radio with an analog tuner works: turning the dial physically changes the length of the antenna, which determines which broadcast wavelength will resonate in the ...
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How does Ohm's law apply to superconductors?

As radio amateurs we've all learned the various relationships of power, voltage, current and resistance as expressed in Ohm's Law. My question relates to the following simple circuit showing an ideal ...
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Concepts in Gabriel Kron's later papers

Gabriel Kron was an important research electrical engineer known for applying differential geometry and algebraic topology to the study of electrical system. Towards the end of his career he published ...
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What does a MEMS gyro measure during off-axis rotations?

I've been working with MEMS gyroscopes in hobbyist projects for years—but it's recently come to my attention that I don't have any principled understanding of what rotation rate measurements ...
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How do I calculate motor efficiency from voltage, current and RPM?

I have a setup where a motor is spinning at a constant (known) RPM, under no load. I know the power going into the motor (voltage * current), and I can find out the rotational kinetic energy of the ...
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Calculate TEC efficiency

I am currently doing a small experiment using a Peltier to cool 250ml of water. My aim is to achieve the cooling of 250ml from 23degC to 8degC in under 20minuets which I have done by strapping the ...
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How do universal battery chargers work [closed]

How does a universal battery charger, such as this one work, i.e. how does it know what voltage, current and polarity is appropriate for the battery inserted? Do batteries have some form of protocol ...
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Why do batteries become weaker

I was thinking about my phone (Sony Xperia Z2) and when I put it to charge and remove it, the phone says "Please remove the charger, to save battery life," which is very intuitive question for a ...
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Why can electricity flow only in one direction through a diode?

A few days ago I was soldering a small thing which contained a diode, a battery and some other useless things. Unfortunately, I soldered the diode reversed and it didn't work. When I reversed it ...
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Why Microchannel Plates can be operated only in vacuum?

Why it is said that the Microchannel Plates can be operated in vacuum? What is the maximum pressure in which it can be operated? Also, while it is not operating, should it be kept in vacuum? Is this ...
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Is it possible to produce gamma radiaton using radio emitter?

As in the title, I'm wondering is it possible. I think it is possible, because we have powerful enough radiotechniques and gamma radiation are just EM waves, not particles. However I think is ...
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Real silicon atom structure?

Text books say that a pure silicon atom has four electrons in its outermost orbit. How do the scientists know it has four electrons?
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A voltage-controlled oscillator? [closed]

I already apologize for my medium english... I'm a french guy, not really gifted to recognize electronic circuits : In fact, I need to identify a circuit from is function. So, here is the block ...
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Current through the reverse biased junction in transistor [closed]

A transistor is a three terminal device. One terminal is called emitter, one collector and in between them is base. Now, during biasing the junction between emitter and base is made forward biased and ...
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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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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 ...