avalanche photodiode

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avalanche photodiode

[′av·ə‚lanch ‚fōd·ō′dī‚ōd]
(electronics)
A photodiode operated in the avalanche breakdown region to achieve internal photocurrent multiplication, thereby providing rapid light-controlled switching operation.
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Their topics include the bulk growth of MCT, properties of Cd(Zn)Te relevant to use as substrates, the liquid-phase epitaxy, mechanical and thermal properties, band structure and related properties, extrinsic doping, photovoltaic infrared detectors, and electron avalanche photo-diodes.