Hunter, Lloyd P. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Fabrication methods
- Junction rectification
- Optical properties
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A semiconductor rectifying device in which the barrier between two regions of opposite conductivity type produces the rectification (Fig. 1). Junction diodes are used in computers, radio and television, brushless generators, battery chargers, and electrochemical processes requiring high direct current and low voltage. Lower-power units are usually called semiconductor diodes, and the higher-power units are usually called semiconductor rectifiers. For a discussion of conductivity types, carriers, and impurities See also: Semiconductor
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