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Study of Lubricant Depletion Induced by Laser Heating in Thermally Assisted Magnetic Recording Systems—Effect of Lubricant Film Materials

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5 Author(s)
Tagawa, N. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Kansai Univ., Osaka ; Kakitani, R. ; Tani, H. ; Iketani, N.
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Thermally assisted magnetic recording (TAMR) is one of the novel technologies that are employed for achieving magnetic recording densities higher than 1 Tb/in2. With regard to this novel technology, it has been suggested that there exists a critical head-disk interface (HDI) issue associated with the use of ultrathin liquid lubricant films on the disk surface. This problem is attributed to the fact that these films are heated to high temperatures by using laser beams in order to reduce magnetic coercivity. In this study, a fundamental research on the lubricant depletion caused due to laser heating in TAMR systems was conducted. That is, the effect of lubricant film materials on lubricant depletion was investigated. In this experimental study, four types of lubricant film materials-Zdol2000, Zdol4000, Ztetraol2000, and A20H2000-were used, and the differences in the characteristics of lubricant depletion for each tested lubricant film were investigated. The effect of the molecular weight as well as the end group of the lubricant on the lubricant depletion was discussed and clarified by analyzing the obtained experimental results. In addition, it was found that the depletion characteristics of ultrathin liquid lubricant films could be explained by using experimental results obtained from the thermogravimetric analysis for each bulk lubricant material.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 2 )