We measured the dynamic adhesion force when spherical sliders with a radius of 1 and 2 mm collided with smooth magnetic disks with lubricant layers of zero, 1, 2, and 3 nm thickness to clarify the dynamic interfacial force between a slider and disk in the nanometer region of flying height. From the measured slider velocity, we calculated the relationship between acceleration (acting force) and displacement. We found that a strong adhesion force observed at zero lubricant vanishes when 1-nm thick lubricant with UV is applied. As the mobile lubricant thickness was increased, we observed a clear dynamic adhesion force at the instant of separation. These results indicate that adhesion force is most likely to result from meniscus formation.

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