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I.4 Applications illustrated with Computer-generated Animations

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MOSFET The Metal-Oxide-Silicon Field-Effect-Transistor can be found in all electronic devices and systems. It is the primary active element that acts as a switch, logic element or amplifier.

Laser diode Laser diodes can be found in CDROM drives, DVD players and barcode scanners. They provide a compact and efficient source of coherent light.

Photodiode Photodiodes convert light to an electrical signal. They act as detectors in CDROM drives, DVD players and barcode scanners and represent the key functional element in solar panels, scanners and digital cameras.

Wireless Communication Wireless communication is obtained by sending radio frequency (RF) signals between the base station and the mobile unit (cell phones). A small yet powerful RF amplifier in the cell phone generates a signal that can be received at the base station.

Digital Light Projector Digital light projectors contain millions of tiny mirrors which project a digital image on a screen.

Optoelectronic Transmitter/Receiver Optoelectronic transmitters and receivers provide the infra-red signals that can propagate over large distances along optical fibers. These enable rapid transmission of large amount of digital information across the world through the internet.