Effect of thermal pole tip protrusion and disk roughness on slider disk contacts
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Effect of thermal pole tip protrusion and disk roughness on slider disk contacts

  • Author(s): Xu, Jianfeng
  • Kiely, James D.
  • Hsia, Yiao-Tee
  • Talke, Frank E.
  • et al.
Abstract

Ultra-high areal density for hard disk drives requires a stable head disk interface at a flying height lower than 8 nm. At such a low flying height, small flying height variations may cause slider/disk contacts. Slider/disk contacts can also occur when a write-current is applied to the write coil since the flying height between slider and disk can be affected by the thermal expansion of the pole tip. In this paper, we investigate the vibration characteristics of sliders during thermally induced contacts using laser Doppler vibrometry. We perform a parametric study of contact events using disks with different surface roughness and lubricant thicknesses, and analyze the slider motion statistically. For a given write current, we observe that the slider vibrations increase with disk roughness and lubricant thickness.

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