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Electricity and Electronics for Renewable Energy Technology by Ahmad Hemami

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14Diode

OBJECTIVES: After studying this chapter, you will be able to

  • Explain a PN junction
  • Understand forward and reverse bias
  • Define what a diode is
  • Understand the structure of a diode
  • Define the main function of a diode
  • Recognize a diode among other electrical and electronic components
  • Recognize a diode in schematic diagrams of electronic devices
  • Describe the characteristic curve of a diode
  • Use a diode in a circuit
  • Describe how to check a diode
  • Determine if a diode is good or if it is damaged
  • Understand that any diode has a certain rating that must be respected when used
  • Combine diodes when necessary
  • Explain what a light-emitting diode is

New terms: Anode, avalanche current, breakdown point, breakdown voltage, carrier, cathode, depletion ...

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