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Language:enStatus: Standard
Term: avalanche photodiode
Synonym1: APD (acronym)
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Definition: a photodiode operating with a bias voltage such that the primary photocurrent undergoes amplification by cumulative multiplication of charge carriers

NOTE – As the reverse-bias voltage approaches the breakdown voltage, hole-electron pairs created by absorbed photons acquire sufficient energy to create additional hole-electron pairs when they collide with ions.


Publication date:1991-10
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