Magnetic characterization and recording properties of patterned Co70Cr18Pt12 perpendicular media

Charles T. Rettner, Simone Anders, Thomas Thomson, Manfred Albrecht, Yoshihiro Ikeda, Margaret E. Best, Bruce D. Terris

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    A lithographically patterned magnetic medium is one of the proposed routes to magnetic recording at a density beyond that thought to be possible using conventional recording media due to thermal instability caused by superparamagnetism. Using a focused ion beam to pattern a granular Co70Cr18Pt12 film, we have fabricated sub-80-nm size islands that are single domain and with a narrowed switching field distribution and an enhanced thermal stability. Magnetic isolation of the islands is shown to be a result of vanishing of magnetic remanence and coercivity in the irradiated region and not a result of sputtering. Recording measurements using a quasi-static giant magnetoresistive head demonstrate the sensitivity to detect single 80-nm islands. The readback jitter from the patterned region is dramatically reduced compared to that measured for continuous media at the same linear density.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1725-1730
    Number of pages5
    JournalIeee Transactions on Magnetics
    Issue number4 I
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002


    • Focused ion beam
    • High density recording
    • Magnetic arrays
    • Patterned media


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