Ok, so lets say I have a simple half-wave rectifier like the one shown in the image below: http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/1904/unledmwc.jpg [Broken] When it comes to the analysis of the circuit, during the positive cycle of the input voltage, the diode is forward biased and the output voltage (across RL) is equal to the input voltage. So far so good. Now when the input voltage goes negative, the diode should be reverse biased, however since the circuit is predominantly inductive , the voltage is leading the current by some angle (found to be 57.52 degrees). Will the diode stop conducting when the voltage reaches '0' and starts going -ve or when the current reaches 0? i.e. If I were to see the waveform of the output on an oscilloscope, would I see it at 0 when Vin starts the negative cycle? or some time later due to the phase shift?