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Standards for Radiation Effects Testing: Ensuring Scientific Rigor in the Face of Budget Realities and Modern Device ChallengesAn overview is presented of the space radiation environment and its effects on electrical, electronic, and electromechanical parts. Relevant test standards and guidelines are listed. Test standards and guidelines are necessary to ensure best practices, minimize and bound systematic and random errors, and to ensure comparable results from different testers and vendors. Test standards are by their nature static but exist in a dynamic environment of advancing technology and radiation effects research. New technologies, failure mechanisms, and advancement in our understanding of known failure mechanisms drive the revision or development of test standards. Changes to standards must be weighed against their impact on cost and existing part qualifications. There must be consensus on new best practices. The complexity of some new technologies exceeds the scope of existing test standards and may require development of a guideline specific to the technology. Examples are given to illuminate the value and limitations of key radiation test standards as well as the challenges in keeping these standards up to date.
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Lauenstein, J M.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
June 23, 2015
Publication Date
April 21, 2015
Subject Category
Space Radiation
Quality Assurance And Reliability
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
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Meeting Information
Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) 2015 Conference(Chantilly, VA)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Test Standard
Radiation Environment
Single-Event Effects
total ionizing dose (TID)
Radiation Effects
Test Method

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