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Conduction Angle

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Irfan, Jun 20, 2006.

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  1. Irfan

    Irfan Guest

    What is conduction angle and how can we measure it. I am using
    Microelectronics by Sedra Smith 5e. I am not clear about this concept
    and couldn't find any resource on the web also.
    Kindly explain it to me.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. Bob Myers

    Bob Myers Guest

    Consider that each full cycle of a sinusoidal waveform may
    be considered as "360 degrees" of that wave.

    With that established, the fraction of the wave period in
    which a given active device is conducting (or otherwise
    doing its thing, e.g., amplifying the signal) may be expressed
    in terms of degrees. For instance, if you pass a sinusoid
    through an ideal (no forward drop) diode, you could say that
    the diode (since it passes exactly half the wave) has a
    "conduction angle" of 180 degrees.

    Bob M.
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