Recording physics, design considerations, and fabrication of bit-patterned magnetic medium for next generation data storage systems is presented. (Co/Pd)N magnetic multilayers are evaluated as candidates for bit-patterned medium recording layer materials for their high and easily tunable magnetic anisotropy. The optimized patterned multilayers used in this study had coercivities in excess of 12-14 kOe. Bit patterning was accomplished using ion-beam proximity printing, a high-throughput direct write lithography where a large array of ion beamlets shaped by a stencil mask is used to write an arbitrary device pattern. It is found that the nature of magnetization reversal strongly depends on bit edge imperfections and is likely to contribute to switching field distribution.
- Magnetic data storage
- Nanomagnetic arrays
- Patterned medium
- Recording physics
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering