I needed a high voltage (500VDC) source in order to test a circuit. To achieve this, my mentor instructed me to build a voltage doubler, which I would power with 250VAC. I chose to use a simple half-wave rectifier as shown below.
The diodes are 1N4007's. The only high-voltage capacitors available were 2.2nF 2KV non-polarised caps. 2.2nF is not much, but I don't have any other options here. I built it in the formation above, with the nodes a few centimeters apart.
As you can see, I am testing voltage at the input and output.
Why didn't my circuits work?
I understand that SPICE models use ideal components, but even so, why does the simulation differ so much from what I have in real life?