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Analysis of metal-ferrite interface layers in metal-in-gap heads

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7 Author(s)
K. Kajiwara ; Sony Corp. Res. Center, Yokohama, Japan ; M. Hayakawa ; Y. Kunito ; Y. Ikeda
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A metal-in-gap head structure in which the metal/ferrite interface is perfectly parallel to the main gap face was adopted for mass-production. An analysis of a pseudo-gap formed at the metal-ferrite interface by using sputter-assisted Auger electron spectroscopy is reported. In the case of a Sendust MIG head, it is confirmed that the pseudo-gap is a reacted layer at the metal-ferrite interface, which consists of Al2O3+SiO2. The reaction mechanism is examined in the case of Sendust/MnZn-ferrite and a soft magnetic alloy, called Sofmax, and suitable barrier materials and thickness ranges. It is found that the reacted layer is reduced drastically by using a SiO2 or SiN2O 5-10 nm thick ultrathin barrier layer and Sofmax alloy film instead of Sendust. The ripple of a parallel-type metal-in-gap heads is found to be 0.5 dB or less

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 6 )