HW5 - PHYS3360/AEP3630 Electronic Circuits, Spring 2011,...

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PHYS3360/AEP3630 Electronic Circuits, Spring 2011, HW5 1 Diodes HW5 : Friday, Feb 25, 2011 DUE : Friday, Mar 4, 2011 READ : Lab Manual, Chapter 6 (read ahead!) QUIZ5: finish by Wed, Mar 2 Problems 1. Cockcroft and Walton have performed first artificial nuclear disintegration in 1932 (transmuting lithium nuclei into helium by bombarding the target with energetic protons) in a particle accelerator that they put together. This research led to a breakthrough in nuclear physics and these two have been eventually awarded a Nobel Prize (1951) for this work. The high voltage source to power their accelerator (1.5 megavolts) was built using an entirely different scheme without bulky transformers and it could be conveniently scaled to higher and higher voltages. Their voltage multiplier consisted of a ladder network of capacitors and diodes. Below is a two-stage multiplier schematic (in practice there would be many more stages) taken from Wikipedia article on Cockcroft-Walton generator. The generator providing V
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course AEP 3630 taught by Professor Bozarov during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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