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Simulations show that neglecting ion-ion interaction processes (both particles having Z>1) results in an underestimation of the total on-orbit single event upset error rate by more than two orders of magnitude for certain technologies. The inclusion of ion-ion nuclear reactions leads to dramatically different SEU error rates for CMOS devices containing high Z materials compared with direct ionization by the primary ion alone. Device geometry and material composition have a dramatic effect on charge deposition in small sensitive volumes for the spectrum of ion energies found in space, compared with the limited range of energies typical of ground tests.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2005