catwhisker

catwhisker

[′kat‚wis·kər]
(electronics)
A sharply pointed, flexible wire used to make contact with the surface of a semiconductor crystal at a point that provides rectification.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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