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Undistorted Sinusoidal Signals in a Diode Circuit

In the diode shown, the diodes are ideal except that each is modeled by a voltage source of 0.5V in series with a (diode) resistance of rd = 20, when forward biased. A sinusoidal signal Vs with input impedance Rs=100 is connected to the diode circuit. Determine the maximum value of Vs such that Vo remains sinusoidal, with no distortion. Also, find the amplitude of the output signal Vo.
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Maximum value Vs(t)
a. Vs(t) = -5cos(wt)
b. Vs(t) = +5cos(wt)
c. Vs(t) = -5sin(wt)
d. Vs(t) = +9sin(wt)

Amplitude of the output signal Vo.
a. vo(t) = 0.3cos(wt)
b. vo(t) = 0.3sin(wt)
c. vo(t) = 3.33cos(wt)
d. vo(t) = 5.0sin(wt)


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Maximum value Vs(t)=
(d) Vs(t) = +9sin(wt)

Amplitude of the output signal Vo =
d. vo(t) = 5.0sin(wt)

When Vo > +5V, D1 gets reverse-biased and so gets turned off while D2 is forward-biased ...

Solution Summary

The solution gives the final answers at first and then explains in detail how each was found, drawing on the theory and equations relevant to near-ideal diode circuits like the one described and the conditions keeping a sinusoidal signal distortion-free.