Simulation of radiation-induced parametric degradation in electronic amplifiers
AuthorBarbara, Nabil Victor, 1964-
KeywordsMetal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors -- Effect of radiation on.
AdvisorSchrimpf, Ronald D.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMany high performance amplifiers use power MOSFETs in their output stages, especially in operational amplifier applications whenever high current or power is needed. MOSFETs have advantages over bipolar transistors in amplifier output stage because MOSFETs are majority carrier devices. The result is wide frequency response, fast switching and better linearity than power bipolar transistors. But unlike bipolar circuits, which are relatively tolerant of ionizing radiation, MOSFETs may suffer severe parametric degradation at low total-dose levels. The effects of ionizing radiation on MOSFETs are discussed, and the performance of an amplifier circuit that uses a complementary MOSFET source follower in its output stage is simulated to examine the effect of MOSFET radiation damage on amplifier performance. An increase in power dissipation was the most significant degradation caused by ionizing radiation.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Electrical and Computer Engineering