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Cancer-radiotherapy equipment as a cause of soft errors in electronic equipment

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5 Author(s)
J. D. Wilkinson ; Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA ; C. Bounds ; T. Brown ; B. J. Gerbi
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The undesirable production of secondary neutrons by cancer-radiotherapy linear accelerators (linac) has been demonstrated to cause soft errors in nearby electronics through the 10B(n,a)7Li reaction. 10B is a component in the BPSG used as a dielectric material in some integrated-circuit (IC) fabrication processes.

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IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )