An exchange coupled composite media structure proposed previously seems to address both the issue of Tc variation in FePt as well as poor SNR/User Density during the HAMR process. Here we examine a thinner 3-6 nm structure that is likely easier to fabricate than the previous 13.5 nm thick structure. We find that increasing the damping within the write (superparamagnetic) layer and introducing intergranular exchange within the grains in the write layer are both successful approaches to improve the recorded SNR. Ensemble waveform analysis that allows the breakdown of the total SNR into transition SNR (due to AC noise) and remanence SNR (due to DC noise) helps identify the leading causes for this SNR improvement. Further studies indicate that varying the peak heat spot temperature in the HAMR write process is also a successful approach for improving the recorded SNR. This lends credence to the idea that a thinner composite media may still be used successfully to realize significant enhancements of SNR and the corresponding user density.
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The authors would like to acknowledge useful discussion with Tao Qu. The authors acknowledge funding from IDEMA/ASTC.