Accession Number : AD0257334

Title :   TUNNEL DIODE CHARACTERISTICS AND CIRCUIT CONSIDERATIONS

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO SYRACUSE N Y

Personal Author(s) : FISCH,E.A.

Report Date : 08 MAR 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : It has been observed that when low capacitance tunnel diodes are switched very rapidly from the low voltage to the high voltage state, a higher output voltage is obtained than would be predicted from the static V-I characteristic of the diode. This indicates that the diode does not have good limiting properties in the thermal region. As a result, an attempt was made to verify the existence of this phenomenon and to obtain quantitative data. Observations of the transient response of tunnel diodes during high speed (1 nanosecond) switching are discussed with special attention to the lack of limiting. Techniques for measuring diode characteristics are presented. Rise time measurements performed on tunnel diodes and on an analog circuit are discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *DIODES, *SWITCHING CIRCUITS, CIRCUITS, GERMANIUM, MEASUREMENT, TEST EQUIPMENT, THEORY, TRIGGER CIRCUITS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE