Brief zener diode component voltage reference and shunt regulator basics

Unlike most diodes, zener diodes are used in a way that they conduct current while reverse biased. Each zener diode has a particular voltage that they are rated to start conducting at while reverse biased, at which point a series resistor needs to limit current. Therefore, that voltage will be held across the zener diode and parallel components/circuits.

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