- Published in issue 10/1990 on page 14
A portion of the current-voltage characteristic of certain devices, such as the thyristor, the tunnel diode and the magnetron, has a negative slope, that ls, the current decreases with increasing applied voltage or the voltage drops when the current increases. This behaviour is, of course, opposite to that of an ohmic resistance. Whereas an ohmic (positive) resistance consumes power, a negative resistance appears to supply power. Negative resistance may be simulated electronically as described in this article.