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Discuss the effect of external voltage on the width of depletion region of a p-n junction.
- A p-n junction can be connected to an external voltage supply in two possible ways.
- A p-n junction is said to be connected in a forward bias when the p-region connected to the positive terminal and the n-region is connected to the negative terminal of an external voltage source.
- In forward bias connection, the external voltage effectively opposes the built-in potential of the junction. The width of the depletion region is thus reduced.
- The second possibility of connecting the p-n junction is in a reverse-biased electric circuit.
- In reverse bias connection, the p-region is connected to the negative terminal and the n-region is connected to the positive terminal of the external voltage source. This external voltage effectively adds to the built-in potential of the junction. The width of the potential barrier is thus increased.
Concept: p-n Junction
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