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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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How electrons move so fast in a electric circuit?

Whenever we switch on a bulb......it takes almost no time to glow up.....But we know that the atoms of a solid are tightly packed and there is a very little space between them. So how the electrons ...
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Verifying radiation measurement smart phone applications

I've stumbled upon a strange class of Android applications lately. (And I'm sure such applications are available for other platforms too.) These apps claim the ability of detecting radiation. The ...
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Is it viable or possible to make your own transistor?

Just wondering if it is possible/viable to construct your own transistor, not small like todays, but the same scale as the one created at Bell Labs.
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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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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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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?
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What would be the effective resistance of the ladder of resistors having n steps

I'm a tutor. This is a high school level problem. In high school, every one have might have solved a problem of effective resistance of a ladder of resistors having infinite steps. Now the problem is ...
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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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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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How did the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor work?

I've been trying to understand how the Bardeen-Brattain point-contact transistor worked. The point-contact transistor uses Schottky barriers (metal/semi-conductor junctions), so under what conditions ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the effects of cosmic rays on consumer electronics?

When electronics/computer companies design a new chip, processor/ memory card/ or a solar cell, do they study the effect of cosmic rays on such electronically sensitive materials? If not, why not?
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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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Does van Eck phreaking really work, or is it an urban myth?

Van Eck phreaking, the ability to reconstruct distally the text on a CRT or LCD screen using the leaking em from the target computer, was in the news about five to ten years ago. It is talked about as ...
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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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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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lifetime of a PN junction in a diode

diodes are made of silicon, which have been enriched in phosphorus and boron to create the PN junction. Since the electrons are always going in the same direction, from N to P in the junction, I was ...
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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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Why do I see different color sparks from the 2 pins when I plug an appliance in a socket?

I plugged in the charger of my laptop into a socket, which I have done a lot of times but this time, I noticed a strange thing. When the contact was made between the pins of charger and the socket, ...
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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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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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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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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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A question about Memristors

A question about memristors: These semiconductor entities have been defined in terms of magnetic flux leakage, and a non-linear relationship to the electric charge that has flowed. In essence, the ...
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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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number of electrons my laptop uses in a second

in order to confirm whether I understand the relation ship between amps, columbs and electrons I decided to try out the following. my laptop adapter's label reads 3.34 amps. I assume that: amps are ...
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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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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 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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Why do circuits work so fast?

Drift velocity (explained to me as how fast the electrons are moving) is really slow. My book says the electrons move at around 10 mm/ s. If electrons move so slowly how do circuits work so fast? If ...
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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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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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Why the electric potential of earth is zero?

For a localized charge distribution the potential is set to zero far away from the charge distribution (at infinity) Now, when grounding a conductor, i.e. connecting it to Earth, it is said that we ...
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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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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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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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How does radiation degrade mechanical parts and electronic devices?

I'm running out of places to look (lots of Googling, SE, [articles and books are too specific and never give a good overview]), and yet I am still unsure about how exactly radiation can degrade ...
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Shining light (of a particular frequency) on an insulator to make it into a conductor

Recently I read about band theory of solids. The energy difference between valence band and conduction band determines the conductive property of solids. Suppose I take an insulator and shine it with ...
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Why are holes (in a semi conductor) regarded as particle?

Can I say that holes in a semiconductors are treated as current-carrying conventional direction ?
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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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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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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 responsivity quoted as a figure of merit?

Lately I have been investigating the physics literature on proposed photosensitive electronic devices made of graphene. Often I see responsivity values quoted as if they suppossed to impress, and ...
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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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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 will be the effect of placing a light source very close to a photodiode?

What will be the effect of placing a photodiode really close to a laser source and what should be the appropriate distance between a light source and photodiode to get maximum output current?