# What happens when a Zener diode is reversed?

## What happens when a Zener diode is reversed?

When the Zener diode is reverse biased the junction potential increases. As the breakdown voltage is high this will provide high voltage handling capacity. As the reverse voltage is increased, the reverse current increases drastically at a certain reverse voltage.

What is the effect of applying negative voltage onto the Zener diode?

If you apply voltage more negative than that limit, the diode will undergo “reverse breakdown” and begin to conduct a significant amount of current, but backwards from the normal direction of diode current flow.

What is the zener breakdown voltage?

Zener Breakdown vs Avalanche Breakdown

Zener Breakdown Avalanche Breakdown
This is observed in Zener diodes having a Zener breakdown voltage V z of 5 to 8 volts. This is observed in Zener diode having a Zener breakdown voltage V z greater than 8 volts.

### How does Zener diode maintains constant voltage?

A zener diode behaves as battery during ON state. Due to change in input voltage or in load resistance, the output voltage across the zener diode does not change. Hence, the zener diode provides constant voltage across load.

How much current can a Zener diode handle?

around 5 to 10 mA
Current : The current, IZM, of a Zener diode is the maximum current that can flow through a Zener diode at its rated voltage, VZ. Typically there is also a minimum current required for the operation of the diode. As a rough rule of thumb, this can be around 5 to 10 mA for a typical leaded 400 mW device.

How do you identify a 12V Zener diode?

Note place a diode across the meter probes. One way they’ll read a low voltage (under 1V). The other way, if they read less than 18V then the diode is likely to be a zener diode. The voltage you see on the multimeter is the zener diode voltage.

#### How does Zener diode regulate voltage?

Zener Diodes can be used to produce a stabilised voltage output with low ripple under varying load current conditions. By passing a small current through the diode from a voltage source, via a suitable current limiting resistor (RS), the zener diode will conduct sufficient current to maintain a voltage drop of Vout.

What is the breakdown voltage of a Zener diode?

The breakdown voltage of the commonly available Zener diode varies between 1.2V to 200V. Zener diode exhibits a controlled breakdown and does not require any external circuitry to limit the current.