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Ultrathin Carbon-Based Overcoats for Extremely High Density Magnetic Recording


  • Provides a concise literature review at the start of each chapter to help readers quickly familiarize themselves with the subject matter

  • Includes 90 figures and illustrations to aid the reader’s understanding of the data and conceptspresented

  • Offers a special chapter on graphene to give readers a “sneak peek” into its exciting potential as an atomically thinprotective overcoat


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Reuben Jueyuan Yeo
    Pages 1-27
  3. Reuben Jueyuan Yeo
    Pages 29-37
  4. Reuben Jueyuan Yeo
    Pages 39-52
  5. Reuben Jueyuan Yeo
    Pages 145-150
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-167

About this book


This book presents the latest research in ultrathin carbon-based protective overcoats for high areal density magnetic data storage systems, with a particular focus on hard disk drives (HDDs) and tape drives. These findings shed new light on how the microstructure and interfacial chemistry of these sub-20 nm overcoats can be engineered at the nanoscale regime to obtain enhanced properties for wear, thermal and corrosion protection – which are critical for such applications. Readers will also be provided with fresh experimental insights into the suitability of graphene as an atomically-thin overcoat for HDD media. The easy readability of this book will appeal to a wide audience, ranging from non-specialists with a general interest in the field to scientists and industry professionals directly involved in thin film and coatings research.


Magnetic Data Storage Cathodic Arc Deposition Surface Tribology Corrosion Protection Surface Modification Surface Engineering Graphene Overcoats Interfacial Bonding Diamond-like Amorphous Carbon (DLC) Heat-assisted Magnetic Recording

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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