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Accession Number ADA564046
Title Characterization and Modeling of High Power Microwave Effects in CMOS Microelectronics.
Publication Date 2010
Media Count 207p
Personal Author M. A. Holloway
Abstract The intentional use of high power microwave (HPM) signals to disrupt microelectronic systems is a substantial threat to vital infrastructure. Conventional methods to assess HPM threats involve empirical testing of electronic equipment which provides no insight into fundamental mechanisms of HPM induced upset. The work presented in this dissertation is part of a broad effort to develop more effective means for HPM threat assessment. Comprehensive experimental evaluation of CMOS digital electronics was performed to provide critical information of the elementary mechanisms that govern the dynamics of HPM effects. Results show that electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection devices play a significant role in the behavior of circuits irradiated by HPM pulses. The PN junctions of the ESD protection devices distort HPM waveforms producing DC voltages at the input of the core logic elements, which produces output bit errors and abnormal circuit power dissipation. The dynamic capacitance of these devices combines with linear parasitic elements to create resonant structures that produce nonlinear circuit dynamics such as spurious oscillations. The insight into the fundamental mechanisms this research has revealed will contribute substantially to the broader effort aimed at identifying and mitigating susceptibilities in critical systems. Also presented in this work is a modeling technique based on scalable analytical circuit models that accounts for the non-quasistatic behavior of the ESD protection PN junctions. The results of circuit simulations employing these device models are in excellent agreement with experimental measurements, and are capable of predicting the threshold of effect for HPM driven non-linear circuit dynamics.
Keywords Circuits
Esd(Electrostatic discharge)
High power
Hpm( high power microwave)
Protective equipment
Radiofrequency power

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 46H - Radiofrequency Waves
Corporate Author Maryland Univ., College Park. Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Doctoral thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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