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Various SRAM and MOSFET devices were exposed to 3 MeV and 14 MeV neutrons at a fusion facility and to a fission neutron spectrum with a californium-252 source. Single event burnout (SEB) was observed in several of the MOSFETs in all three environments-the first time this phenomenon has been observed at neutron energies below 10 MeV. In addition to observing single event upsets (SEU) and single event latchup (SEL) in the SRAMs, two devices experienced significant multiple cell upset (MCU) effects which dominated the upset rate. The physical mechanisms underlying these phenomena and the consequences for various radiation environments are discussed.
Date of Publication: June 2011