Tribocharge build-up and decay at a slider-disk interface

H. S. Park, J. Hwang, S. H. Choa

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As the gap between the head and disk decreases and the sensitivity of recording transducers increases, the head and disk are more likely to come in contact, which may damage the recording transducer during start/stop and flying cases. One important effect associated with the intermittent head-disk contacts is the tribocharge/tribocurrent phenomenon. In this study, tribocharge and tribocurrent generation during a pico-slider/disk interaction were measured by using an electrometer. These triboelectrical properties were compared with friction force and acoustic emission signals. The electrical potential difference between the slider and the disk was caused by mechanical interactions between them. The tribocharge was generated during the slider-disk interaction and its saturation charge level was about 1 V. The tribocharge build-up level was independent of the slider-disk interaction time. However, the tribocharge decayed when there was no interaction between the slider and the disk. The decay of tribocharge was inversely proportional to the square root of time. Tribocurrent generation coincided with tribocharge generation. The tribocurrent was also independent of the slider-disk interaction time. The current level measured in this study may not reach the electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage level, but it can induce the dissociation of lubricant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-114
Number of pages6
JournalMicrosystem Technologies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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