Electrodiffusional free boundary problem, in a bipolar membrane (semiconductor diode), at a reverse bias for constant current Academic Article uri icon


  • A singular perturbation problem, modeling one-dimensional time-dependent electrodiffusion of ions (holes and electrons) in a bipolar membrane (semi-conductor diode) at a reverse bias is analyzed for galvanostatic (fixed electric current) conditions. It is shown that, as the perturbation parameter tends to zero, the solution of the perturbed problem tends to the solution of a limiting problem which is, depending on the input data, either a conventional bipolar electrodiffusion problem or a particular electrodiffusional time-dependent free boundary problem. In both cases, the properties of the limiting solution are analyzed, along with those of the respective boundary and transition layer solutions.

publication date

  • January 1, 1999