Patent Number: 6,293,135

Title: Method of calibrating a system for detecting contact of a glide head with a recording media surface

Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a glide head and detector system performs a pre-screening to ensure the quality of the glide head and the piezoelectric sensor in the detection system. The glide head and the piezoelectric sensor detect a signal when the glide head makes contact with the disk, such as a magnetic recording disk. Calibration of the detection system utilizes a specially made bump disk that has asperities of desired height and size that protrude out of a flat disk surface. The glide head is flown over the bump disk, and by gradually reducing the disk spinning velocity, the head is brought closer to the disk and eventually into contact with the asperity. The onset of contact, as detected by the piezoelectric sensor, defines a disk spinning velocity for the head to fly at the desired height. In order to decouple the glide head flying characteristics and the piezoelectric quality and transfer function from other factors that affect the calibration of the detection system, laser pulses are directed at the glide head. Head vibrations are introduced in the glide head and detected by the piezoelectric sensor. The head excitations are recorded as a spectrogram in which the resonance frequencies are observed. From the amplitude and frequency readings, head resonance frequencies are identified and the piezoelectric sensor response is characterized. This allows the pre-screening of the head/sensor system and the decoupling of the glide head flying characteristics and the piezoelectric sensor quality from the asperity integrity effects on the calibration of the detection system.

Inventors: Marchon; Bruno Jean (Palo Alto, CA), Kuo; David Shiao-Min (Castro Valley, CA), Yao; Wei Hsin (Fremont, CA), Ku; Chiao-Ping (Fremont, CA)

Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC

International Classification: G01N 29/24 (20060101); G11B 33/10 (20060101); G11B 21/21 (20060101); G11B 33/00 (20060101); G01B 011/30 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018