Formula booklet physics class 12 chapter Semi Conductor Devices

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On the basis of conductivity, materials are often categorized. If a material conducts electricity, it's a metal and if it doesn't conduct, it's an insulator. When a material shows properties from both categories, they are called a semiconductor. Semiconductors are materials which have a conductivity b/w conductors and insulators. Examples of semiconductors are Silicon and Germanium.

The very attribute of semiconductors is to exhibit conductivity based on their ambiance that makes it possible to manage the flow of electrons in a circuit.

  • Rectifier efficiency

Rectifier Efficiency

  • Half wave rectifier efficiency


rf = diode forward resistance

RL = load resistance

  • Full wave rectifier efficiency


  • Current gain

current gain

  • Amplification factor A = V0/Vi

Vo – Output voltage: Vi – Input voltage

  • Voltage gain


  • Power gain


Conceptual Points

  • Semiconductors behave both like conductors and insulators they behave like conductors when temperature is increases. They behave like insulators at low temperature i.e. 0 Kelvin (0 K) ex. Silicon and Germanium.
  • In all solids, different energy levels combine to form two bands.
  • Valence band (VB) contains valence electrons which may be partially or fully filled.
  • Conduction band contains free electrons which may be empty or partially filled.
  • The energy difference between Valence band and Conduction band is called forbidden Energy gap.
  • The forbidden energy gap is less for conductors and large for insulators and in between for semiconductors.
  • Pure semiconductors are called Intrinsic semiconductors Ex. Silicon and Germanium (Si and Ge)

P-N Junction Diode

  • A p-n junction is a single piece of semiconductor one half of which is p-type and the other half is n-type.
  • The region near the junction is called depletion layer.
  • There are two types of connections of diode
  1. Forward bias
  2. Reverse bias
  • When p-type is connected to positive and n-type connected to negative terminal then it is forward biased.
  • In forward bias it offers minimum resistance conducts heavily, depletion region is narrowed. It is similar to ‘on’ in an electrical switch.
  • In reverse bias p-type is connected to negative terminal and n-type is connected to positive terminal.
  • In reverse bias it offers maximum resistance, does not conduct and depletion region is widened. It is similar to ‘off’ in an electrical switch.

Zener Diode

  • A properly and highly doped p-n junction diode which operates in reverse bias condition is called ‘Zener diode’.
  • Silicon is preferred for making Zener diodes.
  • Zener diode is operated in reverse bias, which operates at a voltage called ‘Zener voltage’.
  • Zener diode is used as a ‘Voltage regulator’.


  • Transistor means transfer resistor
  • There are two types of transistors called
  1. npn transistor
  2. pnp transistor.
  • In transistor there are three terminals called emitter, base and collector.
  • Transistor works as an amplifier.
  • The current gain of common emitter configuration is the ratio of a small change in collector current to a small change in base current when collector-emitter voltage is constant. It is denoted by b
  • Amplifier is a device which converts weak signals to strong signals, and this process of converting weak signals to strong signals is called amplification.
  • Amplifiers are of two types
  1. Power amplifier
  2. Voltage amplifier
  • The amplifier which is used to raise the power level is known as ‘Power amplifier’.
  • The amplifier which is used to raise voltage level is known as ‘Voltage amplifier’

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