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Second breakdown of transistors during inductive turnoff

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During turnoff, current is localized to the center of the emitter stripe of a transistor. Depending on the magnitude of reverse base current and device parameters, the current density can reach levels which trigger avalanche injection. A simple model is presented which describes this effect and shows good agreement with measurements.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 3 )