Tribology Letters

, 59:12

Investigation of Nanoscale Heat Transfer and Flying Characteristics in Thermal Flying Height Control Sliders Considering Near-Field Radiation

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11249-015-0546-x

Cite this article as:
Li, L., Zheng, H. & Talke, F.E. Tribol Lett (2015) 59: 12. doi:10.1007/s11249-015-0546-x


Nanoscale heat transfer at the head/disk interface is investigated for thermal flying height control sliders in hard disk drives. Near-field radiation effects due to evanescent photo tunneling are considered in addition to thermal conduction. It is found that the maximum value of the heat flux due to near-field thermal radiation is comparable to that from heat conduction. Near-field thermal radiation is shown to cause a decrease in the thermal protrusion, resulting in a larger flying height than predicted for the case that near-field radiation is neglected. Results from this study are useful for the design of high-performance disk drives.


Near-field Thermal radiation Thermal flying height control Head/disk interface 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Harbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  3. 3.West Digital CorporationSan JoseUSA

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