Characterization of slider-lubricant interaction with tribo-current
Lube-surfing recording combined with thermal fly-height control (TFC) technology is considered as a promising head-disk interface (HDI) scheme for further increasing magnetic areal density to 5–10 Tbits/in2. To realize this alternative technology, however, a lot of tricky issues are required to be solved. Among them, how to characterize the flying of slider in the lubricant or light lube-contact by the slider is probably one of the tough but inevitable challenges. In this study, the slider/lubricant/disk contact induced tribo-current is investigated with a modified media-tester in which the TFC slider is electrically isolated with the rest of the tester. The measured tribo-currents versus the heater voltages or the powers to the slider’s heater clearly indicate three different intensity regions of tribo-current, by which the three different contact types, namely, non-contact, lube-contact and solid-contact can be differentiated clearly. This method provides a promising way for accurately studying of lube-surfing recording.
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