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Heavy Ion SEU Cross Section Calculation Based on Proton Experimental Data, and Vice Versa

Abstract : The aim of this work is to provide a method to calculate single event upset (SEU) cross sections by using experimental data. Valuable tools such as PROFIT and SIMPA already focus on the calculation of the proton cross section by using heavy ions cross-section experiments. However, there is no available tool that calculates heavy ion cross sections based on measured proton cross sections with no knowledge of the technology. We based our approach on the diffusion-collection model with the aim of analyzing the characteristics of transient currents that trigger SEUs. We show that experimental cross sections could be used to characterize the pulses that trigger an SEU. Experimental results allow yet defining an empirical rule to identify the transient current that are responsible for an SEU. Then, the SEU cross section can be calculated for any kind of particle and any energy with no need to know the Spice model of the cell. We applied our method to some technologies (250 nm, 90 nm and 65 nm bulk SRAMs) and we show that the proton (respectively heavy ions) cross-section curve can be obtained without any further parameter when the heavy ion (respectively protons) cross-section curve is known.
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Frédéric Wrobel, Antoine Touboul, Vincent Pouget, Luigi Dilillo, Robert Ecoffet, et al.. Heavy Ion SEU Cross Section Calculation Based on Proton Experimental Data, and Vice Versa. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2014, 61 (6), pp.3564-3571. ⟨10.1109/TNS.2014.2368613⟩. ⟨lirmm-01234461⟩



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