Bridge Rectifier

A full-wave rectifier in which there are four arms - each containing a diode. Converts an AC voltage to a pulsating DC voltage.

The 4 diodes form a bridge rectifier. This rectifies both halves of the AC signal. Note that a capacitor across the DC out terminals is required to smooth the ripple.

See also: Bridge Circuit, Capacitor, Half Wave Rectifier, Rectifier, Wheatstone Bridge.

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Subjects: Electronics