I am looking for a good explanation for the operation of a Class E amplifier circuit (example below from Wikipedia - picture from Yves-Laurent Allaert)
As will be evident by this description, my understanding is rudimentary. I believe I understand that if you just took an LC tank circuit and injected a pulse of DC, AC would be generated in the tank circuit for a little while until the energy is dissipated through whatever resistance is in the components or load.
In the picture above, with the switch open (or without the switch), it seems like something similar would happen where current would flow into the LC circuit and you would see AC across the load. When the switch T1 is closed, maybe some current is diverted through the switch but there would still be some current in the tank circuit oscillating.
So is the switch just there to "shape" the waveform across RL?
Is there someone that could just provide a basic explanation of how this works? I tried to simulate this in the falstad circuit simulator but couldn't quite come up with the correct LC values, etc. to see how the switch impacts the AC across RL.