A “Triode for AC” is a component that is commonly abbreviated into TRIAC, where ‘TRI’ denotes a device with three terminals, and AC implies that it controls alternating current or conducts it in both directions. TRIACs are semiconductor devices used for switching control and power applications, and they are used extensively in fan speed controls, lamp light controls, phase controls, and even modern computerized control units of several household devices. Since TRIACs find widespread application in several industries, learning more about their construction and function becomes imperative.


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Within an electronic assembly or system, various electronic parts and components will work together to establish a complete circuit. All the components within a circuit can be divided into two groups, those of which are active and passive. While active components are those capable of providing energy to a circuit, passive components only receive energy. As both types of components serve different roles in the realm of circuit functionality, it is important to understand the differences between each and their common types.


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Scientists are always looking at ways to improve the way the world works around us, at the University of Texas a team of physicists have discovered some of the behaviors an anatomical semiconductor can behave in, and they are predicting that they will be able to build even smaller transistors. What they discovered preceded a published study that explained the details of how a 2-dimensional semiconductor works. They found that a new material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), is capable of giving basic binary signaling on a 1-dimensional surface. This discovery shows how much technologically advanced we have become compared to the last couple of decades.


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A new method to mass produce semiconducting nano-particles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has recently began picking up steam as a result of a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While there are countless potential applications for zinc sulfide nano-particles which is a type of quantum dot that is a semiconductor, the high cost and limited availability has been the primary obstacle to their widespread use.


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