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An investigation of the “take-off” characteristic of tri-pad sliders using phase demodulated laser interferometry

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2 Author(s)
McMillan, T.C. ; Center for Magnetic Recording Res., California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA ; Talke, F.E.

The interaction between a tri-pad slider and a rigid disk during “take-off” is characterized using phase demodulated laser interferometry and acoustic emission (AE). A double peak was observed in the AE signal during the “take-off”. A biquadratic surface fit for the air bearing surface was used and it was found that the transition between the first peak and the second peak corresponds to a change in contact location from the rails to the tri-pad of the slider. The second peak is shown to correspond to a change in contact location from the leading to the trailing edge of the third pad. As the disk linear velocity increases, the tri-pad slider increases its pitch angle, but remains in contact with the disk, pivoting on the trailing edge of the tripad

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 5 )