# Capacitor, Reverse bias diode and resistor circuit

#### 13th Warrior

Joined Oct 30, 2008
2
I have a circuit with capacitor in series with a parallel reverse bias diode and resistor circuit. Vo is across the parallel circuit. Vi is a square wave. Vγ is 0V. Assuming Vc is 0v initially, I thought the Vc would charge up to Vi then discharge through the resistor. But answer to the book has Vo as 2xVi. Does it add Vi and Vo since the resistor is shorted through the diode?

#### Jony130

Joined Feb 17, 2009
4,925
Maybe you can draw a diagram for clarity.

#### hobbyist

Joined Aug 10, 2008
887
Hi,

I'll get the ball rolling, here, and then people will correct me and you will get your question answered, by the real experts, I'm just a hobbyist so do not take what I share here for final say, but wait until all the replies come in then youll get the real answer.

You probable have a clamping circuit.

if the resistor is high enough then the output will be double the input signal, but offset by around 0.7 volts above or below zero depending on the diode direction.

Basically whats happening is if the diode is pointing with its cathode at the capacitor and it's anode to ground, then

when the signal goes negative with respect to ground the capacitor plate on the diode resistor side charges through the diode after a 0.7v. offset below 0v. ref. so the capacitor now has the full input voltage seen at the output, on the next cycle when the signal input goes positive with respect to ground

then the positive signal plus the already pos. volt. on the cap. plate add together to produce the double of signal voltage on the output.

The diode allows the capacitor to charge up, then the next cycle it is reversed biased so the signal and cap. + volt. add across the resistor.

Now only take this as getting the ball rolling, and wait for the real replies to come in....

Hope this helps...

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#### 13th Warrior

Joined Oct 30, 2008
2
Thanks for the reply Jony130 and Hobyist.

The explanation helped a lot.

Attached is the circuit.

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#### hobbyist

Joined Aug 10, 2008
887

I couldn't open your attrachment, so my guess was just that, not knowing what the schematic looked like.

Thankyou for showing the courtesy to reply back...

Have a great day...

#### Jony130

Joined Feb 17, 2009
4,925
The schismatic look like this:

And this circuits is very simple "peek voltage detector " or "dc restoration".