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Nanoscopic control to achieve radiation hardened materials
Author(s): Joseph Lichtenhan; James Spratt; Edward Taylor
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Paper Abstract

As the minimum feature size of integrated circuits has decreased, it has produced a pressing need for a low cost method of protecting commercial off-the-shelf integrated circuits from naturally occurring thermal neutrons. The limitations of materials and manufacturing methods currently utilized pose major design and cost constraints in this area. Metalized Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes, can be utilized to provide efficient radiation absorptive materials. The primary advantage of using the nanoscopic metalized POSS technology is to disperse individual metal atoms at the 1.5 nm level within a low density and easily applied polymeric carrier. Calculations and experimental data on the shielding effectiveness of the metalized POSS conformal coating against thermal neutrons, warm X-rays, and gamma radiation are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7467, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments III, 74670F (9 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830037
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Lichtenhan, Hybrid Plastics Inc. (United States)
James Spratt, Full Circle Research Inc. (United States)
Edward Taylor, International Photonics Consultants, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7467:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments III
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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