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# TAKE HOME: SEMICONDUCTOR DIODE

## 1. When a silicon diode is conducting at a

temperature of 27 deg C, reverse saturation
current is 35nA, what is the new reverse
current at 50 deg C?
a. 175nA
b. 77nA
c. 88nA
d. 23nA

## 8. The normal operating region for a zener diode

is the
a. Forward-bias region
b. Reverse-bias region
c. Zero-crossing region
d. Reverse-breakdown region
9. Determine the current level

## 2. Calculate the diode current if resistance of

diode is 30 ohms and diode voltage is 0.84V.
a. 28mA
b. 2.8A
c. 0.028A
d. 280uA
3. A germanium diode draw 40mA with a forward
bias of 0.25V. The junction is at room
temperature of 293 K. Calculate the reverse
saturation current of the diode.
a. 1.63 uA
b. 1.84 uA
c. 1.99 uA
d. 1.75 uA
4. What is the state of an ideal diode in the region
of nonconduction?
a. An open circuit
b. A short circuit
c. Unpredictable
d. Undefined

a.
b.
c.
d.

0A
4.67 mA
5mA
5A

a.
b.
c.
d.

0V
0.09V
0.2V
0.44V

## 5. How many orbiting electrons does the

germanium atom have?
a. 4
b. 32
c. 14
d. 41

## 11. For a forward-biased diode, the barrier

potential ____ as the temperature increases.
a. Decreases
b. Increases
c. Remains constant
d. Equals zero

## 6. Calculate the power dissipation of a diode

having Id = 40mA.
a. 280mW
b. 28W
c. 28mW
d. Undefined

## 12. The term bias in electronics usually means

a. The value of ac voltage in the signal
b. The condition of current through a pn
junction
c. The value of dc voltages for the device to
operate properly
d. The status of the diode

## 7. In what state is a silicon diode if the voltage

across it is about 0.7V?
a. No bias
b. Forward bias
c. Reverse bias
d. Zener region

## 13. Effectively, how many valence electrons are

there n each atom within a silicon crystal?
a. 2
b. 8
c. 4

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d. 16
14. Calculate the static resistance Rd of a diode
having Id = 30mA and Vd = 0.75V.
a. 25
b. 0.04
c. 40
d. 0.025
15. Determine the diode current at 20 deg C for a
silicon diode with reverse saturation current of
50nA, and applied forward bias voltage of 0.6V
a. 9.17mA
b. 7.19mA
c. 1.79mA
d. 9.71mA
16. What is the peak inverse voltage across each
diode in a voltage doubler?
a. Vm
b. 0.5Vm
c. 2Vm
d. 0.25Vm
17. When a silicon diode is conducting at a
temperature at 25 deg C, what is the voltage at
75 deg C?
a. 0.55V
b. 0.7V
c. 0.6V
d. 0.35V
18. A manufacturer quotes in his specifications
that a germanium diode conducts 50mA at 1
volt. Determine its bulk resistance.
a. 100 ohms
b. 14 ohms
c. 60 ohms
d. 20 ohm
19. Two pn silicon diodes are connected in series
opposing. A 5V voltage is impressed upon
them. Find the voltage across each junction at
room temperature when nVT = 0.052V.
a. 0.236V, 3.2V
b. 4.764V, 0.236V
c. 0.036V, 4.964V
d. 3.21V, 1.79V
20. Determine the temperature coefficient of a 5V
zener diode (rated 25 deg C value) if the
nominal voltage drops to 4.8V at a temperature
of 100 degC.

a.
b.
c.
d.

0.048%/ C
0.064%/ C
0.053%/ C
0.07%/C