reverse direction (1) (general)

The direction of a (positive) reverse current.

(2) (in an avalanche-junction transient voltage suppressor): The direction of current that results when the n‑type semiconductor region connected to one terminal is at a positive potential relative to the p‑type region connected to the other terminal.

NOTE Any capacitance-reduction diodes that may be included shall be ignored in the determination of reverse direction.

(3) (in a semiconductor junction, excluding backward and tunnel diodes): The direction of higher resistance to steady direct-current flow through a semiconductor junction.


JESD77-B, 2/00
JESD282-B, 4/00
JESD10, 9/81