# Conduction in reverse biasing too? Is it the case with transistor?

1. Jun 10, 2012

### PrakashPhy

Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

I have a mechanical analogy of diode in which a socket is provided with a one way valve. (figure 1st below). The arrow inside the circle shows the direction of motor pump. When there is enough pressure to lift the valve (barrier potential) the socket will let water go without any resistance( ideal). this would exactly work out like a diode in a circuit.

Now i connect such two sockets to form a "PNP" jnction. (BJT). In the common base connection the collector-base junction is is reverse biased. My fluid flow analogy says the water should flow through the first valve whereas the second valve should essentially not let fluid flow. But they say " Large current flow through that valve (collector= base)"

Where has my analogy gone wrong?? What actually causes the fluid (current) flow at a higher rate through the second valve (Collector-base jucntion)??

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2. Jun 11, 2012

### Simon Bridge

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

These things used to be all the rage:
Fluid "Transistor" Circuits ... Modern Mechanics June 1960 :)
BTW: You cannot link to an image on your C: drive unless you run a file server. Better upload it someplace.

3. Jun 11, 2012

### rbj

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

the collector-base junction is reversed biased in a normal common-emitter circuit and that's the point! that's how current is controlled which (with a large Vc) get's you a current-controlled current source.

for charge-carriers coming from the emitter (electrons in the NPN case), if the transistor $\beta$ is about 99, that means for every 100 electrons that cross the (forward-biased) emitter-base junction, only 1 of those electrons "recombines" with a hole in the base, and since the base is very thin, the other 99 electrons make it all the way to the other side of the base (the collector-base junction) and when they see that juicy, large, and positive Vcb, they just can't resist.

normally, with a junction, reverse-biasing will cause that junction to be devoid of charge carriers on both sides of the junction and thus, it cannot conduct electricity. but the emitter supplies that charge and, if the base is thin (which results in a high current gain $\beta$) much of that charge supplies what is otherwise missing at the collector-base junction. this is why soldering two diodes, back-to-back, won't work as a transistor.

4. Jun 11, 2012

### cabraham

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

Actually if the beta is 99, the number of electrons emitted from the emitter that recombine in the base is more like 1 in 5,000. Base current is chiefly consisting of hole current from the base towards the emitter. Nearly all base current is this injection component. The transport component is the fraction of emitted electrons that recombine in the base, not surviving the trip to the collector. Just thought this should be mentioned.

Claude

5. Jun 11, 2012

### PrakashPhy

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

This is where I have a problem in understanding.. How can 99 electrons make it all the way to the other side? Shouldn't they be resisted by the reverse biased voltage? And how do we get large positive Vcb??

6. Jun 11, 2012

### es1

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

Study questions 6 & 13.

7. Jun 11, 2012

### cabraham

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

Actually, the bias on the b-c junction attracts electrons. Draw it and you'll see for yourself.

Claude

8. Jun 12, 2012

### rbj

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

thanks, Claude. what i remember from my solid-state physics class 35 years ago is spotty. i forgot that there were both holes and electrons were moving in the base.

so with your numbers, 1 out of 5000 electrons recombine in the base and 4999 present themselves to the c-b junction. and for every electron that recombines there is 49 holes that move to the b-e junction (and get recombined in the emitter)?

9. Jun 12, 2012

### rbj

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

no, they are attracted to the collector by that voltage.

by hooking it up to a power supply. like in the run-of-the-mill common emitter circuit.

10. Jun 12, 2012

### cabraham

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

You're thinking the right way. In addition, as frequency increases, the displacement current needed to charge/discharge the b-e diffusion capacitance increases. Thus beta drops off at the rate of a factor of 10 per decade of frequency. At the frequency labeled as "ft", the beta value is unity. This is the "transition frequency". BR.

Claude

11. Jun 12, 2012

### rbj

Re: Conduction in reverse biasing too?? Is it the case with transistor??

or the gain-bandwidth product?