Patterning of FePt for magnetic recording

G. J. Li, C. W. Leung, Z. Q. Lei, K. W. Lin, P. T. Lai, Philip W.T. Pong

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Higher areal density for magnetic recording is needed to provide larger storage capacities on harddisk drives. However, as the recording bit size of traditional magnetic recording materials (such as Co/Cr) approaches 10 nm, the magnetic direction of each recording bit would become unstable at room temperature due to thermal fluctuation. To solve this problem, efforts have been made using two methods: one method is to replace the disk media with new materials possessing higher magnetic anisotropy which would lead to better thermal stability; and the second one is to employ different configurations for the recording layer. FePt with patterned media configuration is a combination of these two methods. In this paper we review some novel and interesting methods of patterning FePt for magnetic recording, including thermal patterning, self-assembly patterning, and lithography patterning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8307-8311
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number23
StatePublished - Sep 30 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Fct phase
  • FePt
  • Lithography
  • Self-assembly
  • Thermal patterning


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