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Zener breakdown

 
   
The sudden increase in current observed when the reverse bias of a heavily doped p-n junction allows electrons to tunnel from the valence band of the p-type material to the conduction band of the n-type. Named after Clarence Melvin Zener (1905-93). Compare avalanche breakdown.  

 

 

 
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