The following circuit


has D1 which is a diode, and then D2 which I believe is another diode. I think that the diodes are there to simply act like a flood gate type thing where they are controlling and making sure the circuit does short circuit. Which would be the purpose of D1, but D2, I don't have an educated guess on it. What would their function be in this circuit?

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    \$\begingroup\$ That's the schematic of a microwave oven. 3 is the magnetron tube. 3 is a diode itself, D1 is an antiparallel diode to make the transformer deliver AC, thus avoiding saturation. D2 is a voltage limiter for C, as Tr and C are a series resonator. \$\endgroup\$ – Janka Nov 10 '16 at 0:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. (Don't forget that can be answer @Janka) \$\endgroup\$ – EnlightenedFunky Nov 10 '16 at 0:27

That's the schematic of a microwave oven. 3 is the magnetron tube. It's anode is tied to GND. That's one of the rare cases where GND has a positive potential against other parts of the circuit. The mounting inside the oven is much simpler that way.

Because a magnetron tube is a diode itself, the circuit needs the antiparallel diode D1. A transformer has to deliver AC, it would saturate if there was a DC component. Instead of using a rectifier bridge, and instead of throwing away the energy of one half wave, the circuit also acts as a voltage-doubler. That's the purpose of C, which is a series resonator together with the secondary main winding of Tr. The purpose of D2 is limiting the voltage over C to avoid C fail miserably (it could explode on overvoltage.)


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