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R&D: Microstructure Analysis on Size Distribution During Film Growth in HAMR Media

Experimental modeling study of depositing FePt on continuous carbon layer at elevated temperature was conducted to understand nucleation and growth process.
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2018.06.13

IEEE Transactions on Magnetics has published an article written by Bing Zhou, B. S. D. C. S. Varaprasad, Enbo Zhang, Data Storage Systems Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA and Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA, David E. Laughlin, and Jian-Gang Zhu, Data Storage Systems Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA and Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA.

Abstract: "Grain size and size distribution reduction in L1 FePt granular thin film is becoming critical to increase the areal storage density and realize the full potential of heat-assisted magnetic recording media. FePt and amorphous carbon or mixture with other segregants are often deposited at elevated temperature in order to promote the L1 ordering in FePt. Due to the materials system and high temperature involved in the fabrication process, the bimodal distribution of the grains is often observed with a significant amount of small grains with diameter <3 nm. The bimodal distribution of the grains could potentially lead to a significant microstructure nonuniformity and thus grain-to-grain properties variation, such as Curie temperature (Tc), texture, ordering, and magnetic properties. In this paper, we performed a detailed analysis on microstructure evolution of FePt-C thin film during the growth process on different initial layer conditions to understand the origin of bimodal grain size distribution in the FePt-C media. Experimental modeling study of depositing FePt on continuous carbon layer at elevated temperature was conducted to understand the nucleation and growth process."

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