I'm confused about the properties of a circuit which has a capacitor charging in parallel with a load. The load can either be a resistor, or a semiconductor with a certain breakdown voltage.
I can't figure out whether C1 will charge from V+, or whether it will leak it out through the LOAD.
Experimentation has given different results:
* With a purely resistive load, C1 didn't seem to charge at all (I assume it just leaked out through the load)
* With a Zener diode, alone, C1 charged (but not to the full Zener breakdown voltage...)
* With a Zener diode and series resistor, C1 charged as well, to a different voltage
I'd really like to know what will happen and WHY.
(also, if someone could direct me to a good url/tutorial or book on this, I'd really appreciate it - I haven't seen anything that covers this directly)
|---- C1 | | ------- GRND
|---- LOAD ----- GRND
PS If someone can give me a good url on simple RC/transistor oscillators and/or amplifiers, I'd also appreciate it.