A three-terminal semiconductor device consisting of four layers of alternating type (N or P). The main terminals are the anode and cathode, connected to opposite ends of the four layers. The third terminal is called the gate, and a current trigger at the gate causes the device to conduct if it is forward biased.

A three-terminal semiconductor device consisting of four layers of alternating type (N or P). The main terminals are the anode and cathode, connected to opposite ends of the four layers. The third terminal is called the gate, and a current trigger at the gate causes the device to conduct if it is forward biased.

See Wikipedia's article on the thyristor for more information.