Targeting both higher touchdown sensitivity and highly accurate nanometer-scale defect detection on a disk surface, a thermal-contact sensor, integrated into a magnetic-head slider, was developed. It was experimentally shown that the contact sensor has sensitivity for detecting head-disk contact at each radial position on a disk surface equivalent to that of a conventional acoustic-emission (AE) sensor. It was also shown that a defect-detection method using the thermal-contact sensor is feasible. Defect mapping, in which a slider inspecting the disk at a certain clearance detects small defects on the disk surface, done with this method was better sensitive with measurements with an optical surface analyzer (OSA). Defect mapping on a proto-type glide tester, based on a conventional glide tester, using the thermal-contact sensor was also demonstrated.
- Contact sensor
- hard-disk drive
- head-disk interface
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering