Reliability and Radiation Effects on Advanced CMOS Technologies
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Ionizing radiation is everywhere. You may not know, but every object at sea level is constantly bombarded by a shower of high-energy neutrons. And you can’t fly away from radiation: the particle flux is far more intense at avionics altitude, and space is one of the worst place you can think of, as far as radiation is concerned.

Ionizing radiation can do much harm to your electronics, from flipping a memory bit, to burning-out a power MOSFET.

Our group at the University of Padova has been studying these effects for over ten years, and has built a considerable know-how in developing and using the complex facilities needed for the assessment of radiation effects in state-of-the-art chips.

Whether you’re a curious student or a designer of safety-critical or dependable applications (automotive, biomedical, space), follow these pages and discover what soft errors and radiation effects are, why you should care about them, and see how we can help with our research.


RREACT is Alessandro Paccagnella, Simone Gerardin, Marta Bagatin, Giorgio Cellere



20.7.2010 Japanese magazine PC Watch reports results from RREACT study on soft errors in floating gate memories (article in japanese)

18.11.2009 Cosmic rays may have caused Qantas jet's plunge

Intel, Micron team for 3-bit-per-cell MLC NAND RREACT: what about radiation sensitivity?


25-29.7.2011 Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring three presentations from RREACT


10-14.4.2011 International Reliability Physics Symposium in Monterey, California, featuring a presentation from RREACT

20-24.9.2010 11th European Conference on Radiation and its Effects on Components and Systems in Längenfeld, Austria, featuring two presentations from RREACT

11-15.10.2010 21st European Symposium on Reliability of Electron Devices, Failure Physics and Analysis in Gaeta, Italy, featuring two presentations from RREACT