Efficiently reducing transition curvature in heat-assisted magnetic recording with state-of-the-art write heads

Authors/others:Vogler, Christoph (Technische Universität Wien); Abert, Claas; Bruckner, Florian; Süss, Dieter

Curvatures of bit transitions on granular media are a serious problem for the read-back process. We address this fundamental issue and propose a possibility to efficiently reduce transition curvatures with state-of-the-art heat-assisted magnetic recording heads. We compare footprints of conventional with those of the proposed head design on different media, consisting of exchange coupled and single phase grains. Additionally, we investigate the impact of various recording parameters, such as the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the applied heat pulse and the coercivity gradient near the write temperature of the recording grains. The footprints are calculated with a coarse grained model, based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation. The presented simulations show a transition curvature reduction of up to 40%, in the case of a medium with exchange coupled grains and a heat pulse with a FWHM of 40 nm. We further give the reason for the straightening of the bit transitions, by means of basic considerations with regard to the effective recording time window of the write process. Besides the transition curvature reduction, the proposed head design yields an improvement of the transition jitter in both down-track and off-track directions.

Number of pages:5
Date of publication:1.5.2017
Journal title:Applied Physics Letters
Peer reviewed:true
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4981805
Publication Type:Article