THERMIONIC EMISSION
Thermionic emission is the phenomenon in which electrons are emitted by a metal contains free electrons which behave like the molecules of a perfect gas.
RICHARDSON EQUATION
I = AT^{1/2}eb/T
Here I is the thermionic current density in amp per sq meter. T is the temperature on kelvin scale, A and b being constants.
A = ne√k/2πm, b = e?/k
Here, n is the number of electrons per unit volume, e is the charge on electron, m is the mass of electron, k is the Boltzmann’s constant and ? is the potential barrier of the metal.
There are three types of energy bands in a solid viz.
(a)Valence energy band
(b)Conduction energy band
(c)Forbidden energy gap.
Energy gap or Band gap (Eg)
(a) The minimum energy which is necessary for shifting electrons from valence band to conduction band is defined as band gap (E_{g})
(b) The forbidden energy gap between the valence band and the conduction band is known as band gap (E_{g}). i.e. E_{g} = E_{c }– E_{v}
(c) As there are energy levels f electrons in an atom, similarly there are three specific energy bands for the electrons in the crystal formed by these atoms as shown in the figure,
(d)Completely filled energy bands: The energy band, in which maximum possible numbers of electrons are present according to capacity is known as completely filled bank.
(e) Partially filled energy bands: The energy band, in which number of electrons present is less than the capacity of the band, is known as partially filled energy band.
(f) Electric conduction is possible only in those solids which have empty energy band or partially filled energy band.
Various types of solids
On the basis of band structure of crystals, solids are divided in three categories.
(a) Insulators
(b) Semiconductors
(c) Conductors.
The number of electrons or cotters is given by
ni = pi = AT^{3/2} e ^{ Eg/2KT}
i.e. on increasing temperature, the number of current carriers increases.
The semiconductors are of two types.
(a) Intrinsic or pure semiconductors
(b) Extrinsic or dopes semiconductors
Difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors
Child’s law: I_{p }= KV_{p}^{3/2}, K is the proportionality constant.
Work function: Work function of a metal is the amount of energy required to pull an electron from the surface of metal to a distant position.
Diode: It is a vacuum tube containing two electrodes, an emitter and a collector.
Diode as a rectifier: Rectification is the process of converting the alternating current into a unidirectional current.
Rectification can be done by making use of a diode. A diode affecting rectification is said to be acting as a rectifier.
DIODE RESISTANCE
(a) Static plate resistance
(i) R_{p} = V_{p}/I_{p}
(ii) R_{p} ∝ (V_{p})^{1/2}
(iii) R_{p} ∝ (I_{p})^{1/3}
(b) Dynamic plate resistance:
(i) r_{p} = (ΔV_{p}/ΔI_{p})
(ii) r_{p}∝V_{p}^{1/2}
(iii) r_{p}∝I_{p}^{1/2}
Halfwave rectifier: It is the type of rectification in which only one half of the input a.c. is translated into the output.
Fullwave rectifier: A rectifier in which current flows through the load for both the halves of input a.c. is called halfwave rectifier.
TRIODE
It is a vacuum tube containing three elements namely plate, filament and grid.
Triode constants
(a) Plate resistance (r_{p}): It is defined as the ratio between changes in plate potential keeping grid potential constant to the corresponding change in plate current.
(b) Mutual Inductance (g_{m}): (Transconductance): It is defined as the ratio between change in plate current to the change in grid potential keeping plate potential constant required to bring about that change in current.
(c) Amplification factor (μ): it is defined as the ratio between change in plate potential keeping grid potential constant to the change in grid potential keeping plate potential constant, in order to bring about same change in plate current.
(d) Relation between μ, r_{p} and g_{m}:
(e) r_{p} ∝I_{p}^{}^{1/3}
(f) g_{m}∝I_{p}^{1/3}
Triode as an amplifier: Process of increasing the amplitude of the input signal is called amplification. A triode affecting an increase in the amplitude of a signal is said to be acting as an amplifier.
Voltage gain
It is the ratio between the output voltage (voltage across the load resistance R_{L}) to the signal voltage.
Voltage gain = V_{0}/e_{g }= μR_{L}/R_{L}+r_{p} = μ/[1+(r_{p}/R_{L})]
This indicates that the voltage gain depend upon the load resistance. For R_{L}=∞, voltage gain is equal to the amplification factor.
(a) I_{p} = (μV_{g}/R_{L}+r_{p})
(b) A =μR_{L}/R_{L}+r_{p}
(c) A_{max }= μ
(d) μ = A [1+(r_{p}/R_{L})]
(e) A = μ/2 if R_{L} = r_{p}
Cut off voltage
V_{g} = (V_{p}/μ)
Plate current equation
I_{p} = K[V_{g}+(V_{p}/μ)]^{3/2}
Triode as an oscillator: A triode producing high frequency oscillating waves, of constant amplitude, is said to be acting as an oscillator.
Frequency of oscillation waves (f): f = 1/2π√LC
Here L is the inductance and C is the capacitance.
Majority charge carrier
(a) For Ntype semiconductor: electron
(b) For Ptype semiconductor: hole
Electrical conductivity of semiconductors:
Intrinsic semiconductors:
(a) σ = e(n_{e}μ_{e} + n_{h}μ_{h})
Here, n_{e} is the electron density, n_{h} is the hole density, is the electric mobilities μ_{e} and μ_{h} is the hole mobilities.
(b)
Extrinsic semiconductor
(a) ntype: σ = en_{e}μ_{e}
(b) ptype: σ = en_{n}μ_{n}
Transistor
(a) I_{E} = I_{C}+I_{B} (I_{B} << I_{E}, I_{B}<<I_{C})
(b) Current gains:
α = I_{C}/I_{E}, α_{ac }= ΔI_{C}/ΔI_{E}
β = I_{C}/I_{B}, β_{ac }= ΔI_{C}/ΔI_{B}
(c) Relation between α and β:
α = β/[1+ β]
or
β = α/[1α]
1. What are electronic devices? 
2. What is the importance of electronic devices in our daily lives? 
3. How do electronic devices work? 
4. What are the common types of electronic devices? 
5. How can I take care of my electronic devices to prolong their lifespan? 

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