Extracting intergranular exchange coupling in perpendicular magnetic recording media

Yan Dong, R. H. Victora

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A micromagnetic numerical technique has been used to demonstrate how intergranular exchange coupling and intrinsic anisotropy field dispersion can be extracted from measuring two types of MH curves. A realistic grain configuration formed by planar Voronoi cells is used to simulate perpendicular magnetic media. This technique effectively separates the effects of intergranular exchange coupling and anisotropy dispersion by finding their correlation to differentiated MH curves with different initial magnetization states, even in the presence of thermal fluctuation. The validity of this method is investigated with a series of intergranular exchange couplings and anisotropy dispersions for different media thickness. A relationship between the auto-correlation function of an ac-erased sample and dispersion of the exchange interaction is demonstrated. Utilizing magnetization auto-correlation functions, the magnetic intergranular exchange coupling statistics show a correlation with the auto-correlation function shape in terms of zero-cross and undershoot values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-251
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Bogdan Valcu for valuable discussion. The authors appreciate the funding support from Seagate Technology and computing time support from the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.


  • Anistropy field dispersion
  • Intergranular exchange coupling
  • Micromagnetic simulation
  • Perpendicular recording media


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