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### AIPMT 2011 Mains

Pure Si at 500 K has equal number of electron (ne) and hole (nh) concentrations of 1.5 $\times$ 1016 m$-$3. Doping by indium increases nh to 4.5 $\times$ 1022 m$-$3. The doped semiconductor is of
A
p-type having electron concentration ne = 5 $\times$ 109 m$-$3
B
n-type with electron concentration ne = 5 $\times$ 1022 m$-$3
C
p-type with electron concentration ne = 2.5 $\times$ 1010 m$-$3
D
n-type with electron concentration ne = 2.5 $\times$ 1023 m$-$3

## Explanation

(ni)2 = ne × nh

(1.5 × 1016)2 = ne (4.5 × 1022)

So ne = 5 × 109

Now nh = 4.5 × 1022

$\Rightarrow$ nh $>>$ ne

Hence, semiconductor is p-type

and ne = 5 × 109 m–3
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### AIPMT 2011 Mains

In the following figure, the diodes which are forward biased, are A
(A), (B) and (D)
B
(C) only
C
(C) and (A)
D
(B) and (D)

## Explanation

p-n junction is said to be forward biased when p side is at high potential than n side. It is for circuit (A) and (C).
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### AIPMT 2011 Prelims

In forward biasing of the p-n junction
A
the positive terminal of the battery is connected to p-side and the depletion region becomes thick.
B
the positive terminal of the battery is connected to n-side and the depletion region becomes thin.
C
the positive terminal of the battery is connected to n-side and the depletion region becomes thick.
D
the positive terminal of the battery is connected to p-side and the depletion region becomes thin.

## Explanation

In forward biasing, the positive terminal of the battery is connected to p-side and the negative terminal to n-side of p-n junction. The forward bias voltage opposes the potential barrier. Due to it, the depletion region becomes thin.
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### AIPMT 2011 Mains

A Zener diode, having breakdown voltage equal to 15 V, is used in a voltage regulator circuit shown in figure. The current through the diode is A
5 mA
B
10 mA
C
15 mA
D
20 mA

## Explanation

Voltage across 250 Ω resistance = 20 V – 15 V = 5 V

Now current through 250 $\Omega$ resistance: 5/250 = 20 mA

If voltage across load resistance 1 k$\Omega$ is 15 V, then

current through 1 kΩ is 15/1000 = 15 mA

The current through the zener diode is

= Current through 250 $\Omega$ resistance – Current through 1 k$\Omega$ resistance.

= 20 - 15

= 5 mA