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Regular diode used as a photo-element
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Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00 writes:

There are special diodes, that are designed to measure light intensity, also regular LED can be used for this, but I was wondering, if any diode is suitable here? In this post I will share results of those experiments.

Theoretical background of this is well described in Wikipedia: “A photodiode is a PN junction or PIN structure. When a photon of sufficient energy strikes the diode, it excites an electron, thereby creating a free electron (and a positively charged electron hole). This mechanism is also known as the photoelectric effect. [...] Since transistors and ICs are made of semiconductors, and contain P-N junctions, almost every active component is potentially a photodiode.” [source]

Regular diode used as a photo-element –[Link]

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2011 01:19