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In a single-phase switched reluctance motor (SRM) drive, the dc voltage source is generally supplied by a circuit consisting of a bridge rectifier and a filter capacitor connected to an ac line. The charging time of the capacitor is shorter from the ac source as capacity increases. The bridge rectifier draws pulsating current from the ac source, which results in a degraded power factor (PF) and lower system efficiency. A single-phase SRM drive system is presented in this paper, which includes the realization of a drive circuit for the reduction of torque ripple and PF improvement with a novel switching topology. The proposed drive circuit adds one switch and one diode, which can separate the output of the ac/dc rectifier from the large capacitor and supply power to the SRM alternately. This allows the drive system to realize torque ripple reduction and PF improvement through the switching scheme. The validity of the proposed method is analyzed by mathematical modeling and tested by simulations and experiments.