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A Semiconducting Device is Connected in a Series Circuit with a Battery and a Resistance. a Current is Found to Pass Through the Circuit. If the Polarity of the Battery is Reversed, - Physics

Short Note

A semiconducting device is connected in a series circuit with a battery and a resistance. A current is found to pass through the circuit. If the polarity of the battery is reversed, the current drops to almost zero. the device may be
(a) an intrinsic semiconductor
(b) a p-type semiconductor
(c) an n-type semiconductor
(d) a p-n junction

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Solution

 a p−n junction

As a p−n junction allows the flow of current in forward bias and stops the current in reverse bias (almost negligible reverse leakage current flows in the reverse-biassed p−njunction), the device should be a p−n junction. Other options are examples of semiconductors that allow moderate current to flow and that do not have any effect of changing the polarity of the battery.

Concept: p-n Junction
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HC Verma Class 11, Class 12 Concepts of Physics Vol. 2
Chapter 23 Semiconductors and Semiconductor Devices
MCQ | Q 6 | Page 418
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