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I have used reverse recovery method for measurement of carrier lifetime. I have used a simple setup consisting of a function generator, a resistance and DUT

(design under test). In a conventional transient response, there is a constant current phase and a recovery phase and effective carrier lifetime can be determined from

these equations in this link.

But transient response which I have measured, has not constant current phase and after switching, begins decaying to reverse saturation current.

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My question is, why there is not constant current phase in transient response? Is it related to If/Ir ratio? Is there any consideration about If/Ir ratio in reverse recovery method? Thank you.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That's about what I've seen before. I'm not sure about the article and I don't want to read it, right now. But take a look at this link: fairchildsemi.com/technical-articles/… and look particularly at Figure II-5 there. \$\endgroup\$ – jonk Jun 2 '17 at 17:47
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I changed (increased) If/Ir ratio and then a constant current phase appeared in reverse recovery curve. for more detail, see the links below:

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