Diode behavior is analogous to the behavior of a hydraulic device called a check valve. A check valve allows fluid flow through it in only one direction.
A diode is a one-way conductor. It has two terminals, the anode or positive terminal and the cathode or negative terminal. Ideally a diode will pass current when its anode is made more positive than its cathode, but prevent current flow when its anode is more negative than its cathode. In the circuit symbols shown in Fig. 2.0.2, the cathode is shown as a bar and the anode as a triangle. On some circuit diagrams the anode of a diode may also be indicated by the letter ‘a’ and the cathode by the letter ‘k’.
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