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EXPERIMENT-1

Objective:
To study and verify the functionality of PN junction diode in forward bias and reverse bias and to
1. Plot Volt-Ampere Characteristics of P-N Diode.
2. Plot Volt-Ampere Characteristics of P-N Diode in XY mode.
3. Find cut-in voltage for P-N Junction diode.
4. Find static and dynamic resistances in both forward and reverse biased conditions.
Components:

S.No.

Name

Quantity

Diode (1N4007)

1(One) No.

Resistor (1K )

1(One) No.

3
Bread board
Equipment:
S.No

Name

.
1
2
3
4
5

1(One) No.

Quantity

Dual DC Regulated Power supply (0 - 30 V)


Digital Ammeters ( 0 - 200 mA, 0 - 200 A)
Digital Voltmeter (0 - 20V)
Bread board
Connecting wires (Single Strand)

1(One) No.
1(One) No. Each
1(One) No.
1(One) No.

Specifications:
List of Parameters

SILION DIODE (1N4007)

Maximum Forward Current

1A

Maximum Reverse Current

5.0A

Maximum Forward Voltage

0.8V

Maximum Reverse Voltage

1000V

Maximum Power Dissipation

30mW

Temperature

-65 to 200 C

Operation:

A PN junction diode is formed when a single crystal of semiconductor is doped with acceptors impurities
(Pentavalent) on one side and donor impurities (Trivalent) on the other side. It has two terminals called electrodes,
one each from P-region and N-region. Due to two electrodes it is called (i.e., Di-electrode) Diode.
Biasing of PN junction Diode
Applying external D.C. voltage to any electronic device is called biasing. There is no current in the unbiased PN
junction at equilibrium.
Depending upon the polarity of the D.C. voltage externally applied to diode ,the biasing is classified as Forward
biasing and Reverse biasing.
Forward bias operation
The P-N junction supports uni-directional current flow. If +ve terminal of the input supply is connected to anode (Pside) and ve terminal of the input supply is connected the cathode. Then diode is said to be forward biased. In this
condition the height of the potential barrier at the junction is lowered by an amount equal to given forward biasing
voltage. Both the holes from p-side and electrons from n-side cross the junction simultaneously and constitute a
forward current from n-side cross the junction simultaneously and constitute a forward current (injected minority
current due to holes crossing the junction and entering P- side of the diode). Assuming current flowing through the
diode to be very large, the diode can be approximated as short- circuited switch.
Reverse bias operation
If negative terminal of the input supply is connected to anode (p-side) and ve terminal of the input supply is
connected to cathode (n-side) then the diode is said to be reverse biased. In this condition an amount equal to
reverse biasing voltage increases the height of the potential barrier at the junction. Both the holes on P-side and
electrons on N-side tend to move away from the junction there by increasing the depleted region. However the
process cannot continue indefinitely, thus a small current called reverse saturation current continues to flow in the
diode. This current is negligible; the diode can be approximated as an open circuited switch.
Diode current equation

The volt-ampere characteristics of a diode explained by the following equations:

I = current flowing in the diode, I0 = reverse saturation current


V = Voltage applied to the diode
VT = volt- equivalent of temperature = k T/q = T/ 11,600 = 26mV (@ room temp)
=1 (for Ge) and 2 (for Si)
Note: It is observed that Ge diodes has smaller cut-in-voltage when compared to Si diode. The reverse saturation
current in Ge diode is larger in magnitude when compared to silicon diode.
Circuit Diagram:

Fig. (1) - Forward Bias Condition:

Fig. (2) - Reverse Bias Condition:


Procedure:
Forward Bias Condition:
1. Connect the circuit as shown in figure (1) using PN Junction diode.
2. Initially vary Regulated Power Supply (RPS) voltage Vs in steps of 0.1 V. Once the current starts increasing
vary Vs from1V to 12V in steps of 1V and note down the corresponding readings Vf and If.
3. Tabulate different forward currents obtained for different forward voltages.
Reverse Bias Condition:
1. Connect the circuit as shown in figure (2) using PN Junction diode.
2. Vary Vs in the Regulated Power Supply (RPS) gradually in steps of 1V from 0V to 12V and note down the
corresponding readings Vr and Ir.
3. Tabulate different reverse currents obtained for different reverse voltages.
4. To get the graph in reverse region (theoretically), remove voltmeter and with reference to the supply voltage
note down the reverse current readings in Ammeter because current always selects low reactance path.

(Diode have infinite resistance in reverse bias ideally).To get the graph in reverse region (theoretically),
replace voltmeter with nano ammeter. Voltmeter has less load resistance when compared to diode. Current
conducts in low resistance path.
Diode Characteristics in XY mode:
1. Adjust CRO TIME/DIV knob in X-Y mode.
2. Give the input as triangular voltage waveform from Function Generator.
3. Connect the CRO CH1 across the input and CH2 across resistor.
4. P-N Junction diode characteristics can be observed.
Observations:
Forward Bias Condition:
RPS Voltage Vs (volts)

Forward Voltage across the diode


Vf (volts)

Forward Current through the diode


If (mA)

Reverse Bias Condition:


RPS
(volts)

Voltage Vs

Reverse Voltage
Vr (volts)

across

the

diode

Reverse Current through the diode


Ir (A)

Graph:
1. Take a graph sheet and divide it into 4 equal parts. Mark origin at the center of the graph sheet.
2. Now mark +ve X-axis as Vf, -ve X-axis as Vr, +ve Y-axis as If and ve Y-axis as Ir.
3. Mark the readings tabulated for Si forward biased condition in first Quadrant and Si reverse biased condition
in third Quadrant.
Fig: V- I Characteristics of PN Junction Diode under Forward & Reverse Bias Conditions

Calculations from Graph:


Cutin Voltage V
Static forward Resistance
Dynamic Forward Resistance
Static Reverse Resistance
Dynamic Reverse Resistance
Precautions:
1. While doing the experiment do not exceed the readings of the diode. This may lead to damaging of the
diode.
2. Connect voltmeter and ammeter in correct polarities as shown in the circuit diagram.
3. Do not switch ON the power supply unless you have checked the circuit connections as per the circuit
diagram.

Result: Volt-Ampere Characteristics of P-N Diode are studied.


a) Forward Bias of PN Junction Diode:
1. The Cut in Voltage or Knee Voltage (V) of 1N4007 is _____________Volts.
2. The Dynamic Forward resistance of 1N4007 is __________________
3. The Static Forward resistance of 1N4007 is __________________
b) Reverse Bias of PN Junction Diode:

1. The Dynamic Reverse resistance of 1N4007 is __________________


2. The Static Reverse resistance of 1N4007 is __________________
By now you should able to

.
.

1. analyze the characteristics of PN diode


2. calculate the dynamic and static resistance in forward bias and reverse bias.
Viva Questions:
1. What are trivalent and penatavalent impurities?
2. How PN junction diode does acts as a switch?
3. What is diode current equation?
4. What is the value of Vt at room temperature?
5. Dynamic resistance expression?
6. What is a semiconductor?
7. What is meant by intrinsic semiconductor?
8. What is the order of energy gap in a pure semiconductor?
9. What is an extrinsic semiconductor?
10. What is a doped semiconductor?
11. What is doping?
12. What are two different types of impurities?
13. To which group does a (i) p-type, (ii) n type impurity belong?
14. What are the charge carriers in a pure semiconductor?
15. What are the charge carriers in n-type semiconductor?
16. What is the effect of temperature on conductivity of a semiconductor?
17. What is junction diode?
18. What is meant by forward bias?
19. What is meant by reverse bias?
20. What is knee voltage?
21. What is reverse breakdown?
22. What are the semiconductor materials in use?
23. Why is Silicon used popularly compared to Germanium?
24. How many valence electrons are there in each atom of a semiconductor?
25. What are the p type doping materials and n type doping materials?
26. How many valence electrons are there in P type doping materials and in n type doping materials?
27. Draw the ideal, practical and piecewise linear characteristics of a PN junction diode.
28. What is the static resistance of a diode?
29. What is the dynamic resistance of a diode?
30. How PN junction diode does act as a switch?
31. What is cut-in voltage? What are its values for Si and Ge diodes?
32. Write the Diode current Equation.