controlled avalanche rectifier

controlled avalanche rectifier

[kən¦trōld ′av·ə‚lanch ′rek·tə‚fī·ər]
(electronics)
A silicon rectifier in which carefully controlled, nondestructive internal avalanche breakdown across the entire junction area protects the junction surface, thereby eliminating local heating that would impair or destroy the reverse blocking ability of the rectifier.
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