Patterned media for future magnetic data storage

B. D. Terris, T. Thomson, G. Hu

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    One strategy to delay the onset of superparamagnetism and achieve magnetic storage densities approaching 1 Tb/in.2 is the use of lithographically patterned magnetic media. While one of the main advantages enjoyed by magnetic recording is low cost due to use of featureless media, there are several advantages that may be realized by patterning the medium in a hard disk drive. The commercial success of patterned media will of course depend on the relative costs and gains. In particular, there are three main types of disk patterning proposed, each requiring a different length scale of patterned feature. Patterning of servo marks for maintaining the head position on-track, the fabrication of discrete tracks, and the fabrication of discrete bits have all been proposed and will be discussed. For discrete bit recording single domain magnetic islands are required, and one approach to fabricating these, by depositing magnetic films onto prepatterned substrates, is described. The switching characteristics of the islands as compared to those of the full film, along with initial recording results are presented. © Springer-Verlag 2007.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-196
    Number of pages7
    JournalMicrosystem Technologies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


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