Definition of tunnel diode in English:

tunnel diode


  • A two-terminal semiconductor diode using tunnelling electrons to perform high-speed switching operations.

    • ‘The first tunnel diodes were created in the 1960s, and led to a Nobel Prize for physicist Leo Esaki in 1973.’
    • ‘Leading electronics publications begged for articles on tunnel diodes and rushed them into print.’
    • ‘Early tunnel diodes were made by hand one at a time.’
    • ‘We are investigating tunnel diodes, which rectify the IR-frequency current waves in the antenna arms.’
    • ‘Leo Esaki is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who invented the tunnel diode while working for the Sony Corporation in Japan.’