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Lubricant depletion under various laser heating conditions in Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR)
Author(s): Shaomin Xiong; Haoyu Wu; David Bogy
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Paper Abstract

Heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) is expected to increase the storage areal density to more than 1 Tb/in2 in hard disk drives (HDDs). In this technology, a laser is used to heat the magnetic media to the Curie point (~400-600 °C) during the writing process. The lubricant on the top of a magnetic disk could evaporate and be depleted under the laser heating. The change of the lubricant can lead to instability of the flying slider and failure of the head-disk interface (HDI). In this study, a HAMR test stage is developed to study the lubricant thermal behavior. Various heating conditions are controlled for the study of the lubricant thermal depletion. The effects of laser heating repetitions and power levels on the lubricant depletion are investigated experimentally. The lubricant reflow behavior is discussed as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9201, Optical Data Storage 2014, 920109 (5 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062071
Show Author Affiliations
Shaomin Xiong, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Haoyu Wu, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
David Bogy, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9201:
Optical Data Storage 2014
Ryuichi Katayama; Thomas D. Milster, Editor(s)

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