Simulations of magnetic recording in coupled granular/continuous perpendicular media with random pinning sites

Andy M. Goodman*, Simon J. Greaves, Y. Sonobe, H. Muraoka, Y. Nakamura

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Magnetic recording in coupled granular/continuous (CGC) media with random pinning sites is simulated using a three-dimensional (3-D) micromagnetic model. Pinning sites are introduced via a random anisotropy constant Ku, which follows a log-normal distribution with a mean value 〈Ku〉 of 1 × 106 (ergs/cc) and a standard deviation σKu (ergs/cc). For a range σKu, we vary the thickness of the continuous layer c and the thickness of the granular layer g, while maintaining a constant media thickness. We analyze simulated tracks to produce SNR data for a range of c anal σKu. We find that increasing σKu reduces signal and increases bit transition irregularity and noise, which is then reduced via a mechanism driven by domain wall (DW) energy minimization by increasing c. Thus, we find that previous results hold in a more realistic CGC media model that contains random irregularity. In order to explain the observed effects, we identify three regimes of behavior that depend on the energy of domain wall relative to the pinning energy barriers provided by the granular layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2051-2053
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number5 I
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sept
Externally publishedYes
Event2002 International Magnetics Conference (Intermag 2002) - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2002 Apr 282002 May 2


  • CGC perpendicular media
  • Micromagnetics
  • Transition noise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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