A device that passes current in only the forward direction.

This is used to convert AC to DC.

Peak Inverse Rating

The maximum amplitude voltage, of a polarity opposite to that causing conduction, which can be applied to the anode-cathode electrodes of a rectifier.

Peak Inverse Voltage

The peak amplitude voltage existing on a rectifier with a polarity opposite to that causing conduction.

See also: Bridge Rectifier, Diode, Half Wave Rectifier, Ignitron.

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