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The Effects of Irradiation Temperature on the Proton Response of SiGe HBTs

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9 Author(s)
A. P. Gnana Prakash ; Sch. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA ; Akil K. Sutton ; Ryan M. Diestelhorst ; Gustavo Espinel
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We compare, for the first time, the effects of 63 MeV protons on 1st generation and 3rd generation SiGe HBTs irradiated at both liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K) and at room temperature (300 K). The 1st generation SiGe HBTs irradiated at 77 K show less degradation than when irradiated at 300 K. Conversely, the 3rd generation SiGe HBTs exhibits an opposite trend, and the devices irradiated at 77 K show enhanced degradation compared to those irradiated at 300 K. The emitter-base spacer regions for these two SiGe technologies are fundamentally different in construction, and apparently are responsible for the observed differences in temperature-dependent radiation response. At practical circuit biases, both SiGe technology generations show only minimal degradation for both at 77 K and 300 K exposure, to Mrad dose levels, and are thus potentially useful for electronics applications requiring simultaneous cryogenic temperature operation and significant total dose radiation exposure

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 6 )