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Radiation Effects in Advanced Technology Integrated Circuits

Primary Investigators:
Lloyd Massengill
Brief Description of Project:
The scaling of modern microelectronics has introduced new and problematic failure modes due to environmental influence.  For example, the effects of solar particles or natural radiation can disrupt the proper operation of critical integrated circuits, from banking systems to flight systems to defense systems.  This issue is especially acute outside the Earth's atmosphere, as the commercialization of space is running headlong into these so-called "radiation effects" problems and failures.  This project will engage students in ongoing sponsored research programs within the Vanderbilt Institute for Space and Defense Electronics in the modeling, simulation, and design of "hardened" circuits that are resistant to all types of environmental radiation exposure.

Desired Qualifications:
Some knowledge of digital circuits and circuit analysis.  Interest in circuit design.  Proficiency in the use of computer analysis tools. Ability to work as a member of a team and individually when necessary.  Desire to pursue academic research and possibly publish.
Nature of Supervision:
Weekly meetings with research team, one-on-one activities with an active graduate student, status reporting (written and oral presentation) with feedback from leadership team.
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
1) Orientation
2) Rad-effects introduction and training
3) Introduction to design tools and digital engineering workflow
4) Circuit simulation for fault identification
5) Rad-hard design for fault mitigation
6) Final report/presentation appropriate for research sponsors
Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Lloyd Massengill
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering