Fri November 16, 2012 By: Annet Joseph

why is a photodiode reverse biased?

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Fri November 16, 2012
The photodiode is reverse biased for operating in the photoconductive mode. As the photodiode is in reverse bias the width of the depletion layer increases. This reduces the junction capacitance and thereby the response time. In effect, the reverse bias causes faster response times for the photodiode. The photocurrent is linearly proportional to the illuminance.
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