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Microdose analysis of ion strikes on SRAM cells

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1 Author(s)
Scheick, L. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA

A method of measuring the effect from exposure to highly localized ionizing radiation on microstructures is described. The voltage at which a commercial SRAM cell cannot hold a programmed state changes with microdose. The microdose distribution across the array, in addition to the analysis of the occurrence of anomalous shifts in operating bias due to rare, large energy-deposition events is studied. The effect of multiple hits on a SRAM cell is presented. A general theory on multiple hits from which basic device parameters can be extracted is presented. SPICE, as well as analysis of basic device physics, is used to analyze the damage to individual transistors and the response of a SRAM cell.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 6 )