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Study of synergistic effects in integrated circuits subjected to ionizing and neutral radiation in space

Abstract : Any system sent to space is submitted to many constraints (radiations, temperature) which may lead to a failure of the whole system. In a close future, these constraints will become more and more critical as the space agencies are developing missions aiming at others planets such as Jupiter for which the radiative constraint is extremely harsh. In this work, two types of radiation effects are studied: the cumulative effects and the transient effects. One corresponds to the radiation-induced degradation over time, while the other corresponds to a punctual event that can happen at any time when the system is in space. To ensure a proper functioning of a system sent to space, qualifications standards for electronic components have been developed by different space agencies. All of these standards specify that the components must be tested for cumulative and transient effects, using pristine components for each test. Therefore, cumulative effects are treated separately from transient effects, while there is a significant probability that they will appear simultaneously during a space mission. The study of the synergistic effects is then the main frame of this thesis.On a bipolar operational amplifier, the output response of the component due to a transient event is directly related to the internal parameters of the component, which vary over time once in space. Through a comparison between three different operational amplifier sharing the same reference, the impact of the design over the degradation is explained.Lately, some unexpected failures were reported for which the failure mode seemed to indicate that an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection structure was involved. Therefore, to understand if those protections may cause some unexpected failures, the degradation of gate grounded n-MOSFET (GGnMOS) will be investigated next.
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Thomas Borel. Study of synergistic effects in integrated circuits subjected to ionizing and neutral radiation in space. Electronics. Université Montpellier, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018MONTS040⟩. ⟨tel-02096790⟩



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