Micromagnetic simulation of hybrid soft underlayer for perpendicular recording media

Yan Dong, R. H. Victora

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A hybrid soft underlayer, consisting of a thin crystalline soft underlayer stacked above a non-magnetic seed layer and a conventional amorphous soft underlayer, provides an alternative approach for reducing the effective head-to-keeper spacing in perpendicular recording. Micromagnetic simulations indicate that the media using a hybrid soft underlayer helps enhance the effective field and the field gradient in comparison with conventional media that uses only an amorphous soft underlayer. The hybrid soft underlayer can support a thicker non-magnetic seed layer yet achieve an equivalent or better effective field and field gradient. In principle, both writability and growth texture can be simultaneously improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3527-3530
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number11 PART 2
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • Micromagnetic simulation
  • Perpendicular magnetic recording


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