Scanning Microscopy


A new form of microscopy has been developed which produces micron-resolution maps of where single event upsets occur during ion irradiation of integrated circuits. Utilizing a nuclear microprobe, this imaging technique can irradiate, in isolation, individual components of an integrated circuit (e.g. transistor drains, gates, feedback resistors) and measure immediately the effect of a high energy ion strike on circuit performance. This detailed circuit characterization technique provides a precision diagnostic with which to evaluate the design of integrated circuits that are to be used in space or other radiation environments.

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