Lubricant Dynamics in the Sub-Nanometer Clearance Regime

  title={Lubricant Dynamics in the Sub-Nanometer Clearance Regime},
  author={B.. Marchon and Qing Dai and B.. Knigge and R.. Pit},
  journal={Asia-Pacific Magnetic Recording Conference 2006},
This paper reviews the present state of understanding of lubricant-slider interactions in a rigid disk drive. As slider flying heights are rapidly approaching the intrinsic limit of a disk topography (1-3 nm), it has become apparent that disk-slider clearance of less than a nanometer can be achieved, at least on a laboratory setup. We will discuss the implication of such low spacing on the lubricant film behavior, and provide general physical arguments that attempt to highlight lubricant… CONTINUE READING


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