The perpendicularly oriented crystal structure conditions of electroless plated film for high density perpendicular recording media were investigated mainly by (002) plane rocking curves and cross sectional SEM observation. A highly oriented narrow dispersion of c-axis orientation normal to the surface plane was consequently obtained, and the columnar structure of hcp crystal with ca. 0.05 μm diam was confirmed. As a result of preparing disks A and B, which were chemically plated from an optimum bath and a more improved bath, respectively, the recording characteristics with a combination of ring head were obtained as recording densities of D50= 18,500 FRPI for disk A and 25,000 FRPI for disk B, in spite of a relatively thick magnetic medium. The di-pulse waveforms, which are characterized with perpendicular recording, were observed at low bit recording density. It was indicated by the above results that the chemically plated Co alloy films are applicable as a perpendicular recording medium.
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