We have studied thermal stability and recording characteristics of CoCrPtB alloy media with varying c axis anisotropy dispersion, preferred orientation (PO), and in-plane orientation ratio (OR) on both glass and NiP-plated Al substrates. With increasing in-plane c axis orientation and OR, improved recording performances such as lower pulsewidth, lower media transition noise, and lower dc noise are achieved. Thermal decay rate is primarily determined by Co anisotropy dispersion and in-plane OR for the same coercivity media. Media having a large out-of-plane e axis component exhibit a wide switching field distribution and have a high signal decay rate. The PW50 and dc noise of media with out-of-plane Co grains are very sensitive to changes in write field. On the other hand, highly oriented media having high OR are less sensitive to head writability variations and offer good thermal stability with excellent recording performance.
- Preferred orientation
- Thermal stability
- Thin-film media
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)