Radiation-induced degradation of bipolar transistors

A. Topkar*, T. Mathew, R. Lal, J. Vasi, L. Nanver

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The radiation-induced degradation of high frequency npn bipolar transistors with low stress LPCVD silicon nitride as the surface isolation is investigated for the first time. The results are compared with those for devices with silicon dioxide as the isolation. The total dose degradation of the devices is observed to be a reduction in the current gain IC/IB because of increase in the base current IB and no change in the collector current IC. Devices with lower perimeter-to-area ratio are observed to be more rad-hard compared to devices with higher perimeter-to-area ratio. The degradation of both type of devices is found to be qualitatively similar, but the degradation is more severe for devices with nitride as the surface isolation. The results presented in this paper indicate that radiation-induced degradation of bipolar transistors is primarily because of damage to the surface isolation layer over the emitter-base junction region due to irradiation. The larger degradation of bipolar devices with nitride as surface isolation compared to devices with oxide as isolation suggests the presence of more traps in the nitride layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-689
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - the international society for optical engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Devices 1997 - New Delhi, India
Duration: 16 Dec 199720 Dec 1997
Conference number: 9


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