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## How are diodes used to solve a circuit?

Diodes conduct current in one direction but not the other. We solve a diode circuit graphically by plotting a diode i-v curve and resistor to find the intersection. Written by Willy McAllister. These small glass packages have silicon diodes inside. The black band at one end indicates the side where current flows out of the diode.

## What is the normal voltage across a diode?

In normal operation, the voltage across a forward biased silicon diode is somewhere between . If you externally force the voltage higher than volts, the diode current gets very large and it may overheat.

How is the current through a diode biased?

As the voltage moves a little above , the current through the diode rises rapidly. The – curve is nearly vertical at this point (it tips a little to the right). With a positive voltage on its terminals, we say the diode is forward biased.

### When does a diode conduct in the reverse direction?

When the voltage reaches a high negative value known as the breakdown voltage, , the diode starts to conduct in the reverse direction. At breakdown, the current sharply increases and becomes very high in the negative direction. A breakdown voltage of is typical of ordinary diodes.

### How to calculate the currents of a diode?

Fig. 7 (ii) shows the equivalent circuit using simplified model. Referring to Fig. 7 (ii), Q8. Determine the currents I1, I2 and I3 for the network shown in Fig. 8 (i). Use simplified model for the diodes.

What is the barrier voltage for a silicon diode?

As we know for a silicon diode, the barrier voltage is 0.7 V. Q4. Determine the current I in the circuit shown in Fig. 4 (i). Assume the diodes to be of silicon and forward resistance of diodes to be zero. Fig. 4 The conditions of the problem suggest that diode D1 is forward biased and diode D2 is reverse biased.

## What is the diode curve of a silicon diode?

Diode – curve of a silicon diode. A positive voltage means the diode is forward biased. A negative voltage means the diode is operating with reverse bias. Let’s say we place a very small positive voltage, like volts, across a silicon diode. That puts us on the right side of the – curve.