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Basic operating principle of SCR, can easily be understood by the two transistor model of SCR, as it is a combination of p and n layers.
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)

This is a pnpn thyristor. If we bisect it through the dotted line then we will get two transistors i.e. one pnp transistor with J1 and J2 junctions and another is with J2 and J3 junctions as shown in figure below.
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)

The relation between the collector current and emitter current is shown below
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)

Here, IC is collector current, IE is emitter current, ICBO is forward leakage current, α is common base forward current gain and relationship between IC and IB is
I= βIB

Where, IB is base current and β is common emitter forward current gain.

Let’s for transistor T1 this relation holds
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
And that for transistor T2
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)

Now, by the analysis of two transistors model we can get anode current,
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)

From equation (i) and (ii), we get,
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
If applied gate current is Ig then cathode current will be the summation of anode current and gate current i.e.
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
By substituting this valyue of Ik in (iii) we get,
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
From this relation we can assure that with increasing the value of
α1 + α2
towards unity, corresponding anode current will increase. Now the question is how
α1 + α2
increasing? Here is the explanation using two transistor model of SCR.
At the first stage when we apply a gate current Ig, it acts as base current of T2 transistor i.e. IB2 = Ig and emitter current of the T2 transistor IE2 = Ik. Hence establishment of the emitter current gives rise α2 as
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
Presence of base current will generate collector current as

Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)

This IC2 is nothing but base current IB1 of transistor T1, which will cause the flow of collector current,

Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)

IC1 and IB1 lead to increase IC1 as
and hence, α1 increases. Now, new base current of T2 is,
 Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
which will lead to increase emitter current
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
and as a result α2 also increases and this further increases.
Two Transistor Model of a Thyristor - Notes | Study Power Electronics - Electrical Engineering (EE)
As, α1 again increases. This continuous positive feedback effect increases
+ α2)
towards unity and anode current tends to flow at a very large value. The value current then can only be controlled by external resistance of the circuit.

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