avalanche oscillator

avalanche oscillator

[′av·ə‚lanch ¦äs·ə‚lād·ər]
(electronics)
An oscillator that uses an avalanche diode as a negative resistance to achieve one-step conversion from direct-current to microwave outputs in the gigahertz range.
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