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Language:enStatus: Standard
Term: tunnel effect (in a PN junction)
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Definition: process whereby conduction occurs through the potential barrier of a PN junction and in which electrons pass in either direction between the conduction band in the N-region and the valence band in the P-region

NOTE – Tunnel action, unlike the diffusion of charge carriers, involves electrons only. The transit time is practically negligible.


Publication date:2002-05
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