Phase Cascade Bridge Rectifier Array in a 2-D lattice: http://arxiv.org/abs/1607.00073
We report on a novel rectification phenomenon in a 2-D lattice network consisting of sites with diode and AC source
elements with controllable phases. A phase cascade configuration is described in which the current ripple in a load resistor goes to zero in the large limit, enhancing the rectification efficiency without requiring any external capacitor or inductor based filters. The
integrated modular configuration is qualitatively different from conventional rectenna arrays in which the source, rectifier and filter systems are physically disjoint. Exact analytical results derived using idealized diodes are compared to a realistic simulation of commercially available diodes. Our results on nonlinear networks of source-rectifier arrays are potentially of interest to a fast evolving field of distributed power networks.