Coupled granular/continuous (CGC) media are formed by depositing a 6 nm Co/Pd multilayer onto a CoCrPt-SiO2 granular magnetic layer. The multilayer reduces magnetic saturation field Hs from 11.4 to 7.2 kOe. The lower Hs is reflected in the recording overwrite (OW) improvement of around 20 dB. The thermal stability factor KuV/k BT also increases with addition of the multilayer, from 60 to 100, resulting in the improvement of thermal stability for CGC media. The origin of the KuV/kBT increase derives from the larger activation volume. The CGC media has coherent magnetization reversal and very weak exchange coupling, similar to the base granular media. The coherent magnetization reversal with very weak exchange coupling contributes to a signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) improvement of around 1 dB. These results suggest that CGC media have a recording advantage over the conventional structure media, and are a promising approach to avoid the limitations of the "magnetic recording tri-lemma" and realize future ultrahigh density recording media.
- Activation volume
- Angular dependence of H
- Cluster size
- Plane view TEM image
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering