# Transistor literature (books, links, articles) for learning more about them...

If you have any material (books, links, articles) on transistors i would appreciate that. I am looking for a way to get more general knowledge on subject. Thank you.

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davenn
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If you have any material (books, links, articles) on transistors i would appreciate that. I am looking for a way to get more general knowledge on subject. Thank you.
there are 100's of tutorials text and videos online

google how does a transistor work tutorials

Voq
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Voq - if you want to gain more and deeper knowledge on "how a transistoir works", I think the following hint is very important:
Comparing different knowledge sources (books, articles, internet contributions) you will - surprisingly - notice that two different explanations still exist:
1.) BJT as a current-controlled device: The collector current Ic is a result of (and will be controlled by) the base current Ib
2.) BJT as a voltage-controlled device: The collector current Ic is a result of (and will be controlled by) the base-emitter voltage Vbe.

Apparently, only one answer (physical working principle) can be correct. In the past, this subject was already intensively discussed - also in this forum.
An answer to this question may be of less inportance as long as you are using only formulas and design strategies readily available for building transistor amplifiers.
However, if you want to know whats really going on and if you want to discover new application areas it is of great importance to know if answer 1) or answer 2) gives the correct description.

In this context, I recommend all BJT-related contributions from the universities of Berkeley and Stanford as well as from the MIT.
(Dont rely on some obscure and simplified online tutorials) .

For example, see here: http://web.eng.ucsd.edu/ece/courses/ECE65/Spring2014/FN-Notes/main/BJT.pdf

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I was diverted by some external forces. But still i will check links in hope to get some order of knowledge. Thanks. In the meantime i found nice picture. And found out there is 109 of them in laptop.

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Tom.G
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A couple old ones that really cover the basics are both the GE and the RCA Transistor Manual. Being part of the early literature, they avoided much of the deep theoretical and leaned more toward the practical use and the "why." They are circa 1964 and 1967 respectively so may be hard to find, but IMHO well worth some effort.

Cheers,
Tom

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I just Googled the titles and found hits for scans of both of them.
http://www.introni.it/pdf/GE - Transistor Manual 1964.pdf

For hardcopy try Google books.
and https://books.google.com/books/about/RCA_transistor_manual.html?id=o05rAAAAMAAJ

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Voq
Voq - if you want to gain more and deeper knowledge on "how a transistoir works", I think the following hint is very important:
Comparing different knowledge sources (books, articles, internet contributions) you will - surprisingly - notice that two different explanations still exist:
1.) BJT as a current-controlled device: The collector current Ic is a result of (and will be controlled by) the base current Ib
2.) BJT as a voltage-controlled device: The collector current Ic is a result of (and will be controlled by) the base-emitter voltage Vbe.

Apparently, only one answer (physical working principle) can be correct. In the past, this subject was already intensively discussed - also in this forum.
An answer to this question may be of less inportance as long as you are using only formulas and design strategies readily available for building transistor amplifiers.
However, if you want to know whats really going on and if you want to discover new application areas it is of great importance to know if answer 1) or answer 2) gives the correct description.

In this context, I recommend all BJT-related contributions from the universities of Berkeley and Stanford as well as from the MIT.
(Dont rely on some obscure and simplified online tutorials) .

For example, see here: http://web.eng.ucsd.edu/ece/courses/ECE65/Spring2014/FN-Notes/main/BJT.pdf
They are both correct? Current is dependent on a voltage, so there must always be a voltage for there to be a current.

gleem
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Written for the incoming army recruit with only a HS education It covers the basics of junction transistors including physics,equivalent circuits, parameters , bias stabilization characteristic curves and more with applications to analog circuits related to communication with a bit of pulse/logic applications included. Available on line and downloadable at https://archive.org/details/BasicTheoryApplicationsOfTransistors

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Voq
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Gleem - I was involved in teaching electronics (in Germany) for more than 25 years.
However, I must admit that I never have heard about the book as recommended by you.
I had a short look inside the book - and I must say: Excellent.!!
Thanks for giving the link - I only can recommend this (old) transistor manual.

gleem
Thank you very much for materials. I appreciate it. I still need them so I am checking them all.