The effects of ionizing radiation on the breakdown voltage of p-channel power MOSFETs
AuthorKosier, Steven Louie, 1966-
AdvisorSchrimpf, R. D.
Cellier, F. E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe effects of ionizing radiation on the breakdown voltage of p-channel power MOSFETs were examined through two-dimensional simulation. The response of a reverse-biased n+-p junction to positive oxide-trapped charge, Not, is examined in detail, and analytical expressions for its characteristics are derived. These results provide insight into the breakdown performance of p-channel power MOSFETs in ionizing radiation environments, whose performance was found to be very different from corresponding n-channel power MOSFETs. Insights gained through analysis of p-channel devices suggest a termination/isolation scheme, the VLD-FRR, that will enhance p-channel device reliability in radiation environments. Two introductory chapters, which also serve as literature reviews, are provided. The buildup of Not in thick oxides and breakdown voltage of the power DMOS transistor are both reviewed, with attention focused on p-channel devices in both cases. Finally, suggestions for future work are given.