Novel Corner-Blended Slider and Process to Minimize Head/Disk Contact Stress
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
A magnetic head slider is described which has been formed by means of a corner-blending process so that head element wear and disk damage is minimized. The slider comprises side rails 1 and 2 having taper sections 3 at the leading end 4 and having a recessed area 5 between the side rails. At least one magnetic transducer element 6 is formed at the trailing end 7 of the slider. The leading end corners 8 of the slider are provided with a selected radius by making a change in the mask which is used for the etching process which defines the side rails 1 and 2 as is shown in Fig. 1. An alternate corner-blending process is shown in Fig. 2.