Half-Wave Rectifier Question? Answered
Well, I built a half-wave rectifier using a diode and a resistor, but it doesn't seem to be working as I want. I'm thinking of adding a capacitor to help smooth out the wave, but my whole purpose was to produce a pulse of energy at 60Hz. Basically, to just chop off the lower half of the sine wave. For my diode I used a 1N5406 rated at 600V and 3 amps. The resistors are rated at 20 watts and the whole thing just plugs into the electric outlet. It seems to work ok, but when I take this rectified output and put it into a transformer to step it up to around 1000V thats when I have a problem. After its stepped up its supposed to charge a small capacitor from which the electricity (when built up) will jump across a small spark gap. The spark gap is adjusted correctly, but he capacitor doesn't seem to like to charge on this wave. Its rated 2KV so voltage isn't the problem. The problem is that it will fire once, but not repeat the cycle.
(The transformer shouldn't be the problem because I'm pulsing the dc)