Rotated read head design for high-density heat-assisted shingled magnetic recording

Wei-Heng Hsu, R. H. Victora

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In heat-assisted shingled magnetic recording, recorded tracks are erased on one side. The transitions are no longer symmetric relative to the track center, especially when the transitions are highly curved as a result of the temperature profile generated by the near-field transducer. To optimally utilize these asymmetrically curved transitions, the read head is rotated to match the curvature. For a single rotated head, a more than 10% improvement in user density is achieved compared to that of a single non-rotated head. We found that the optimal rotation angle generally follows the transition shape. With an array of two rotated heads, a track pitch of 15 nm, and a minimum bit length of 6.0 nm, the user areal density reaches 6.2 Tb/in2, more than 30% above previous projections for recording on granular media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number072406
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 15 2021

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Advance Storage Research Consortium (ASRC). The authors would like to thank Dr. Y. Wang at Shanghai Jiao Tong University for the help in the BER calculations. The authors would also like to thank Dr. N. Natekar and Dr. Z. Liu for useful discussions.

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