My textbook says something like this :
When a diode is switched from forward bias to reverse, the current changes direction but the magnitude doesn't decrease immediately. The charges continue to flow and the diode draws the power from the battery through out the reverse recovery time.
During forward bias, there exist some "excess" minority carriers near the junction. These contribute to the current during reverse recovery time.
In forward bias, negative plate of the battery pushes electrons from n side to the junction, then the electrons recombine with holes and travel in the valence band through the holes of p side and reach the positive plate of the battery. It seems electrons only travel in valence band in p side. I'm happy having this mental picture for the charge movement during forward bias. But I'm failing to visualize a similar picture for the charge movement during reverse recovery time. I keep getting questions like :
1) Does the negative terminal of the battery put electrons at the edge of the p side, then these electrons fall into holes, the electrons then travel through the holes to the junction and they see depletion region! Then what happens ?
2) What happens to the excess minority carries on the p side near the junction ? Do they feel the battery and move to the n side ? Even if they move to the n side, the excess electrons on p side are never going to disappear because an equal number of electrons seem to enter from the negative terminal of the battery... Highly appreciate any help. Thanks!