WHAT IS PHOTODIODE AND WHAT ARE ITS USES.

Asked by ANKIT SAHU | 27th May, 2013, 09:46: PM

Expert Answer:

photodiode is a type of photodetector capable of converting light into either current or voltage, depending upon the mode of operation. The common, traditional solar cell used to generate electric solar power is a large area photodiode.
 
Uses: 
P-N photodiodes are used in similar applications to other photodetectors, such as photoconductorscharge-coupled devices, and photomultiplier tubes. They may be used to generate an output which is dependent upon the illumination (analog; for measurement and the like), or to change the state of circuitry (digital; either for control and switching, or digital signal processing).

Photodiodes are used in consumer electronics devices such as compact disc players, smoke detectors, and the receivers for infrared remote control devices used to control equipment from televisions to air conditioners. For many applications either photodiodes or photoconductors may be used. Either type of photosensor may be used for light measurement, as in camera light meters, or to respond to light levels, as in switching on street lighting after dark.

Answered by  | 28th May, 2013, 02:53: AM

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