Complex interplay between hydrogen-related defect formation and passivation is observed in irradiated bipolar transistors. Hydrogen soaking experiments are performed to evaluate the dependence of defect buildup and annealing in gated lateral bipolar transistors on hydrogen exposure. Comparisons of the radiation responses of transistors tested in 2009 to identical devices from the same wafer tested in 2003 show that aging has reduced the amount of radiatION-induced interface trap and oxide trapped charge formation in most cases. These results demonstrate that the way in which the radiation response of a hydrogen-sensitive device evolves with age depends on whether hydrogen is diffusing into or out of the device, and whether the initial defect concentration favors passivation or depassivation reactions. These results strongly suggest that hydrogen exposure cannot replace low-dose-rate irradiation in ELDRS tests for bipolar devices and ICs without extensive characterization testing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering