# How does this clamper circuit work? simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

I am doing a clamper circuit as shown in the above figure, I am confused regarding its operation when diode is forward biased we have a sinusoidal output, as the circuit is clamped to V2 but what I am not getting is when diode is forward biased shouldn't the output be constant V2, as at node for 1 we get V2 when diode is short circuited. Can you please help?

I think you got it. It is a V2 clamp. Node 1 will follow V1 for small voltages until V1 gets to be larger than 1V + VF(diode) ~ 1.7V. If V1 continues to increase then D1 (and V2) will sink the necessary current to keep node 1 at 1.7V. Hope that helps.

EDIT: After clamping node 1 for the first time, the AC capacitor will charge up. If this charge doesn't leak, node 1 will now have an offset equal to the voltage difference between V1 and the initial clamp voltage. As the other answer states, this is often used as a charge-pump offset generator

• When diode is forward biased then shouldn't V2 be there at node 1? That is where I have confusion. Sep 7, 2016 at 17:51
• If the diode has VF = 0, yes. But real world diodes usually have VF ~ 0.2V-4V (depending on what they are made of) Sep 7, 2016 at 17:56
• My problem is that for forward biased till the diode is forward biased we should be having constant output V2, but the output is sinusoidal and not fixed or clipped at V2. Sep 7, 2016 at 18:00
• For this discussion I will assume VF=0.7 V. I have added a label for node 2. That node will always be at 1V as you mention. If node 1 tries to go above 1.7V the diode becomes forward biased and clamps the node. Conversely, as soon as node 1 tries to go below 1.7V the diode will reverse bias and acts like an open circuit. Sep 7, 2016 at 18:07

The circuit acts kind of like Dickson charge pump. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltage_doubler#Dickson_charge_pump

At positive phase of V1 remaining components C1, D2 and V2 will create a voltage divider where C1 will charge to certain voltage level*. Once the sinewave on V1 does negative phase charge doesnt flow anywhere because of diode D1 and Vout is sum of C1 and V1 as they are in series.

Voltage of C1 depends about time constant (RC) and voltage of V1. In steady state its Vc1 = V1-V2-Vf 