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Tunnel Voltage Divider (Amplifier)

Posted on : Sun , 03 2014 by : virusi


Fig.1 Tunnel Diode Voltage Divider

Another interesting application of dynamic resistance is the tunnel diode or Esaki diode because of its V-I curve. In the negative resistance portion the voltage divider made with a resistor and a tunnel diode can actually be an amplifier.

For a wiggly voltage
the voltage divider equation can be written as :
\large v_{out} = \frac{R}{R+r_{t}}*v_{i}
is the incremental resistance of the tunnel diode at the operation current, and the lower case symbol vi stands for small signal variation or
\Delta v_{i}
The tunnel diode has
< 0 in the negative resistance portion :
\large r_{t(incr)} = \frac{\Delta V}{\Delta I} < 0
As you can see from the formula (1) in the negative resistance portion of the tunnel diode the
is negative and the output voltage is amplified.


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Let’s take a look a simple voltage divider but instead will use a tunnel diode and check the outputted voltage.

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If you want to change resistor or AC voltage value than you should double click on the element and insert the desired value. First Diagram is showing Tunnel Diode V-I characteristic, you can play with the resistance value and see how the V-I characteristic is changing. The second diagram shows the I and V that is flowing through the Tunnel Diode.

Last updated on Mon , 03 2014

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