Abstract: A method for making a scissoring type current-perpendicular-to-the-plane magnetoresistive sensor with exchange-coupled soft side shields uses oblique angle ion milling to remove unwanted material from the side edges of the upper free layer. All of the layers making up the sensor stack are deposited as full films. The sensor stack is then ion milled to define the sensor side edges. The side regions are then refilled by deposition of an insulating layer. Next, the lower soft magnetic layers of the exchange-coupled side shields are deposited, which also coats the insulating layer up to and past the side edges of the upper free layer. The soft magnetic material adjacent the side edges of the upper free layer is removed by oblique angle ion beam milling. The material for the antiparallel-coupling (APC) layers is deposited, followed by deposition of the material for the upper soft magnetic layers of the exchange-coupled side shields.
November 20, 2013
May 28, 2015
HGST Nertherlands B..V.
Patrick Mesquita Braganca, Jordan Asher Katine, Neil Smith