Read/write characteristics of a new type of bit-patterned-media using nano-patterned glassy alloy

Kana Takenaka, Noriko Saidoh, Nobuyuki Nishiyama, Manabu Ishimaru, Masaaki Futamoto, Akihisa Inoue

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The paper reports a feasibility study of new type bit-patterned-media using a nano-patterned glassy alloy template for ultra-high density hard disk applications. The prototype bit-patterned-media was prepared using a nano-hole array pattern fabricated on a Pd-based glassy alloy thin film and a Co/Pd multilayered film filled in the nano-holes. The prepared prototype bit-patterned-media had a smooth surface and isolated Co/Pd multilayer magnetic dots, where the average dot diameter, the average dot pitch and the average dot height were 30, 60 and 19 nm, respectively. MFM (magnetic force microscope) observation revealed that each dot was magnetized in a perpendicular direction and the magnetization could reverse when an opposite magnetic field was applied. Static read/write tester measurements showed that repeated writing and reading on isolated magnetic dots were possible in combination with conventional magnetic heads and high-accuracy positioning technologies. The present study indicates that the new type of bit-patterned-media composed of nano-hole arrays fabricated on glassy alloy film template and Co/Pd multilayer magnetic dots are promising for applications to next generation ultra-high density hard disk drives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1444-1448
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr


  • Glassy alloy
  • Multilayered film
  • Patterned-media
  • Read/write characteristic
  • Thermal nano-imprinting


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