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avalanche multiplication
A current-multiplying phenomenon that occurs in a semiconductor photodiode that is reverse-biased just below its breakdown voltage. Note: Under such a condition, photocurrent carriers, i.e., electrons, are swept across the junction with sufficient energy to ionize additional bonds, creating additional electron-hole pairs in a regenerative action. [After FAA]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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