breakdown region

breakdown region

[′brāk‚dau̇n ‚rē·jən]
(electronics)
Of a semiconductor diode, the entire region of the volt-ampere characteristic beyond the initiation of breakdown for increasing magnitude of bias.
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Electronic circuits, employing bipolar junction transistors biased into the avalanche breakdown region are known for many years [1], [2].
6], is that not only the transistors, specially designed as the avalanche devices, but many bipolar junction transistors exhibit good performance in the avalanche breakdown region.
The phase relationships between harmonics are critical in nonlinear circuits where devices may, or may not, be operating past their breakdown regions, depending on the instantaneous amplitude of the waveform.