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Head Disk Spacing Effect on Heat Transfer in Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording

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Shaomin Xiong, Erhard Schreck, Sripathi Canchi

Western Digital Company, San Jose, CA

Paper No. ISPS2017-5437, pp. V001T01A009; 4 pages
  • ASME 2017 Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems collocated with the ASME 2017 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems
  • ASME 2017 Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems
  • San Francisco, California, USA, August 29–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Information Storage and Processing Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5810-3
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Heat transfer at nanometer scale attracts a lot of interest from both academia and industries. The hard disk drive (HDD) industry cares about the heat transfer between the head and disk, as several heating and thermal sensing elements are integrated into the HDD system. Understanding the heat transfer mechanism and its dependency on spacing becomes very critical for heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). In this paper, we propose a new method to study the head disk spacing effects on heat transfer by introducing a small perturbation to the spacing while maintaining the heating source unchanged. The dependency of heat transfer on the nanoscale spacing provides insights to the understanding of heat transfer mechanisms inside the nanoscale gap.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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