Meaning of Zener in English:

Zener

(also Zener diode)

Pronunciation /ˈziːnə/

noun

Electronics
  • A form of semiconductor diode in which at a critical reverse voltage a large reverse current can flow.

    ‘When a MOS channel is formed by forward biasing the gate, a Zener tunnel current evolves with a steep turn-on characteristic.’
    • ‘It gets its juice from a Zener diode that conducts in the reverse direction when it reaches its breakdown voltage of 5.1 volts.’
    • ‘The experimenter had not brought with him the ‘translations’ of the numeric codes into the different Zener symbols.’
    • ‘Horowitz designed an electric circuit in which appropriate resistors replaced the springs and devices known as Zener diodes replaced the strings.’

Origin

1940s named after Clarence M. Zener (1905–93), American physicist.