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Low-frequency operation of avalanche diodes under large-signal conditions

Low-frequency operation of avalanche diodes under large-signal conditions

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Application of basic Read theory to the operation of avalanche diodes at frequencies of fractions of the transit frequency is found to predict high-efficiency oscillations when a waveform consisting of a low-amplitude fundamental and a larger second harmonic in the appropriate phase is applied. The resultant-circuit current is such that the power output is essentially at the fundamental frequency.

Inspec keywords: avalanche diodes

Subjects: Junction and barrier diodes

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