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Once you graduate from the simple, passive components that are resistors, capacitors, and inductors, it’s time to step on up to the wonderful world of semiconductors. One of the most widely used semiconductor components is the diode.

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In this tutorial we’ll cover:

  • What is a diode!?
  • Theory of diode operation
  • Important diode properties
  • Different types of diodes
  • What diodes look like
  • Typical diode applications

Suggested Reading

Some of the concepts in this tutorial build on previous electronics knowledge. Before jumping into this tutorial consider reading (at least skimming) these first: