Negativ differentiel modstand
En komponent eller et kredsløbs dynamiske modstand eller differentielle modstand er defineret ved: R(I)=dU/dI eller R(U)=dU/dI, hvor R er den dynamiske modstand ved hhv. strømmen I eller spændingen U, U er spændingen over komponenten og I er strømmen gennem komponenten.
Der findes simple komponenter, som har negativ differentiel modstand (NDR), på visse dele af deres modstandskarakteristik. Nogle af disse er tunneldiode, diac, Gunn diode, IMPATT-Diode, mikrobølge avalanchediode, resonanstunneldiode, unijunction-transistor (ujt), resonanstunneltransistor, plasma, lysbuer (f.eks. gasudladningsrør og dermed lysstofrør).   
Selvom en komponent er ulinear og har negativ differentiel modstand, er den som regel i mindre strøm- og spændings-intervaller linear, hvilket betyder at den differentielle modstand i intervallet er konstant.
I netop et nogenlunde lineart interval med negativ differentiel modstand, kan komponenten forstærke signaler nogenlunde lineart. En af de simpleste eksempler er at sætte komponenten i serie med en svingningskreds.
Afhængig af om svingningskredsens samlede tab (inkl. evt. ekstern belastningsmodstand) delvis ophæves, netop ophæves eller mere end ophæves, så vil kredsløbet hhv. fungere som en afstemt forstærker, bibeholde en igangsat svingning eller fungerer som en oscillator.
Der findes også kredsløb, som udviser negativ differentiel modstand, på visse dele af deres modstandskarateristik. Nogle af disse er: Lambda diode og vistnok gyrator, Negativ impedanskonverter (eng. Negative Impedance Converter) (NIC), Genereliseret impedanskonverter (eng. Generalized Impedance Converter) (GIC), Frekvensafhængig negativ modstand (eng. frequency-dependent negative resistor) (FDNR).
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- Maxim: APPLICATION NOTE 3528 CCFL Characteristics Citat: "...Negative resistance can vary between individual lamps, causing the lamps to have different currents at any particular voltage level..."
- McGraw-Hill's AccessScience: Arc discharge Citat: "...The arc has negative resistance-the voltage drop decreases as the current increase..."
- By Nyle Steiner K7NS 2001. Hjemmelavede dimser med negativ modstandskarakteristikker: Zinc Negative Resistance RF Amplifier for Crystal Sets and Regenerative Receivers Uses No Tubes or Transistors
- God information om anvendelse af dimser med negativ modstandskarakteristikker, før de blev opdaget i tunneldioder i 1957: Cristadyne: Semiconductor archaeology or tribute to unknown precursors Citat: "...In 1923, Oleg Losev [O. V. Lossev, Lossew] (1903-1942) ( See link below ) managed to make a high frequency generator using such a detector. But it was polarized. This indicates that this diode had a characteristic curve in which a negative slope was present. And this makes one think of the tunnel effect diode invented a half a century later...These layouts where part of what one called CRYSTADYNE [eller Cristadyne, Crystodyne ] systems. But in those days, the technical performance and industrial ease of the new increasing valve technology made these layouts to be ignored, and then forgotten..."
- The Wireless World and Radio Review. October 1, 1924 and October 8, 1924: "The Crystal As A Generator And Amplifier" by Victor Gabel.
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- earlyradiohistory.us: Radio News, September, 1924, page 291: A Sensational Radio Invention By HUGO GERNSBACK Citat: "...Stated in a few words, the invention encompasses an oscillating crystal...In other words, THE CRYSTAL NOW ACTUALLY REPLACES THE VACUUM TUBE. That this is a revolutionary radio invention need be emphasized no further. [Her var Hugo Gernsback dog langt forud for sin tid]...We can not only detect with the crystal, but we can also amplify with it...we can now also transmit with the Crystodyne, and, as a matter of fact, a number of students in Russia have actually sent messages with such sets over distances of more than three-quarters of a mile during the past few months..."
- beatriceco.com: Bell Labs – The Transistor – Other Claims to the Invention Citat: "...This effect, he stated, was discovered by Dr W. H. Eccles in 1910, and remarked: “It is hard to realize that it took about ten years for practical active crystal-diode circuits to appear, in spite of Ditcham's reminder—circuits that included both RF and AF amplification...Most of the credit for creating practical devices [of this kind] goes to O. V. Lossev of Russia, whether or not he knew of Eccles' pioneer work a decade earlier..."
- 'Energy-sucking' Radio Antennas, N. Tesla's Power Receiver Citat: "...The truth is quite strange...By manipulating the EM fields, we can force an electrically-small receiving antenna to behave as if it was very, VERY large...In theory a tiny loop antenna can work as well as a longwire 1/2-wave antenna which is 10KM long...The energy doesn't vanish, instead it ends up INSIDE the atom. By resonantly creating an "anti-wave", the tiny atom has "sucked energy" out of the enormously long light waves as they go by...When all is said and done, our oscillating coil has absorbed half of the incoming EM energy and re-emitted (or "scattered") the rest..."
- C. F. Bohren, "How can a particle absorb more than the light incident on it?", Am J Phys, 51 #4, pp323 Apr 1983 Citat: "...A particle can indeed absorb more than the light incident on it...In the former, strong absorption is associated with excitation of surfaces plasmons; in the latter it is associated with excitation of surface phonons. In both instances, the target area a particle presents to incident light can be much greater than its geometrical cross-sectional area...."
- Regeneration revisited. The Tesla Connection by Gary L. Peterson Citat: "...So it may be said that Tesla anticipated the technique of regenerative feedback to increase detector sensitivity...A detailed description of how the negative resistance, negative inductance circuit works, including a differential form of the active antenna circuit and other pertinent information, can be found in U.S. Patent No. 5,296,866, Mar. 22, 199..."
- Neon Lamp Tricks! Neon Lamp Multivibrator Citat: "...This is an oscillator circuit using two neon lamps, two resistors, and one capacitor..."
- Matematisk orienteret: Jim Lesurf: Negative Resistance Oscillators
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- The Negistor & Negative Resistance – 04/07/00 courtesy Marcelo Puhl
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