Cancer-radiotherapy equipment as a cause of soft errors in electronic equipment

Jeffrey D. Wilkinson, Chad Bounds, Timothy Brown, Bruce J. Gerbi, Joel Peltier

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The undesirable production of secondary neutrons by cancer-radiotherapy linear accelerators (linac) has been demonstrated to cause soft errors in nearby electronics through the 10B(n, a) 7Li reaction. 10B is a component in the BPSG used as a dielectric material in some integrated-circuit (IC) fabrication processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-451
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005


  • Biomedical applications of radiation
  • Boron
  • BPSG
  • Integrated circuit radiation effects
  • Neutron radiation effects
  • Radiotherapy
  • Single event upset
  • Soft errors


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