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Characterization of Head Overcoat for 1 Tb/in ^{2} Magnetic Recording

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5 Author(s)
Yasui, N. ; Production Eng. Res. Lab., Hitachi Ltd., Yokohama ; Inaba, H. ; Furusawa, K. ; Saito, M.
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To achieve a 1 Tb/in2 system, diamond-like carbon (DLC) on head and disk have to meet the criteria of corrosion- and wear-resistance at thicknesses of less than 2 nm. This paper will assess the performance of head and disk overcoat for a 1 Tb/in2 system and beyond, with focus on the influence of DLC forming technologies, thickness, and substrate materials. To evaluate DLC film, sp3 fraction was measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was shown that DLC films fabricated by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) would have less sp3 fraction with decreasing thickness. To evaluate corrosion- and wear-resistance, coverage and critical loads were measured by XPS and atomic force microscopy scratch test. XPS revealed that DLC films prepared by both FCVA and ion-assisted sputtering had sufficient coverage at thickness of down to 1 nm. Atomic force microscopy scratch test showed that critical load depends on substrate materials and DLC thickness, not on DLC forming methods.

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