Cloud-based Optical Characterization of Hard Disk Drive Recording Heads

Weerayuth Khunrattanasiri, Anchyza Yokpradit, Teerawat Tongloy, Siridech Boonsang
2018 Sensors and materials  
In the hard disk drive (HDD) industry, the measurement of flying height is crucial for the verification of the recording head air-bearing design. The flying performance of recording heads has to be measured and compared with the original design to assure the reliability of HDDs. Optical interferometry is normally used to measure the flying height of recording heads. The key parameter for setting up the measurement is the refractive index, whose values normally deviate depending on machine
more » ... ions during the manufacturing processes. The variation in refractive index cannot be identified during flying height measurement because there is no on-line technique for doing so. In this paper, we present a novel technique using inhouse designed micro-ellipsometry to measure the complex refractive index combined with data transfer to a private cloud network via the Internet of Things message queuing telemetry transport (IoT MQTT) protocol. Therefore, the measurement of the complex refractive index can be carried out for each recording head and we can improve the precision of the flying height measurement. In addition, the information about refractive index not only can be shared with a flying height tester to correct the variation in each recording head but also can be used to assist air-bearing designers in the instantaneous validation of their design.
doi:10.18494/sam.2018.1850 fatcat:nl7qxtbhlvee7msl4n5fat7nci