# Help understanding this rectifier IC

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by diddy02, Aug 12, 2010.

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2. ### timrobbins Senior Member

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Which bit don't you understand, or alternatively which bits are you seeking more details on and what type of detail are you interested in (eg. do you want to know the temperature drift of the gain or something esoteric?

3. ### diddy02 Thread Starter Member

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Having trouble understanding the basic principles of operation during the negative half cycle of the AC input... I don't need parameter/characteristic details, just want the working principles.

* During the positive phase of the input AC voltage, the superdiode(?) thing acts as a short, so you're left with an op-amp, with negative feedback, but with both input terminals connected to the same potential. Shouldn't the output = 0?

* During the negative phase, the superdiode(?) acts as ground, so you're left with an inverting op-amp. The negative input terminal has a negative voltage applied and the positive terminal is grounded... the feedback loop quickly brings the negative input terminal to ~0V > 0V, and so the output is (+ve). Is this right?

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4. ### timrobbins Senior Member

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I suggest you try to interpret the datasheet for the device, especially the section on rail-to-rail input. It indicates that U2 will continue to operately as a gain amp as the neg input goes very slightly below 0V rail. As such, the U2 output will start going high by open-loop gain, and the diode D1 will feedback to give a steady state operating point where the neg input of U2 is driven at pretty much 0V.

5. ### diddy02 Thread Starter Member

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Tim,

Thanks for the reply... I wanted to clarify one further point... why does U1 output something other that 0 during the positive phase... aren't both input terminals connected to the same voltage?

6. ### timrobbins Senior Member

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You need to review the various amplifier schemes for opamps. There is a good TI tutorial app note - will post link later today.