IEEE Transactions on Magnetics

Inductive write heads using high moment FeAIN poles

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This paper reviews the material properties of FeAIN high moment soft magnetic material, and discusses the design, fabrication and performance of write heads using this material. These write heads comprise of two designs. The first had FeAIN for both top and bottom poles. The second incorporated a 0.2 0μm thick FeAIN layer underneath an electroplated Ni80Fe20 top pole. The first type of heads was tested on high coercivity (3300 Oe) media. Wide and narrow track width heads saturated the media at the highest tested write frequency of 225 MHz. At 90 MHz, they exhibited overwrite approaching 50 dB and hard transition peak shift of less than 1 nm. This overwrite was 7-9 dB higher than that measured for heads with Ni45Fe55 top poles. A 50% amplitude roll-off density (D50) of up to 6300 fc/mm was also measured, using a narrow gap MR read sensor. However, reverse dc erase noise measurements indicated significantly lower head efficiency compared to NiFe heads, as has been observed previously. The second type of heads on the other hand exhibited ∼5 dB better overwrite compared to a Ni80Fe20 head, without a large loss in head efficiency. © 1999 IEEE.