In a probe-based ferroelectric recording system a protective coating of lubricant provides low friction and a low wear rate as well as allows the continuous contact of the probe tip with the storage medium. SO5, a member of the commercially available electric connector lubricants polyphenyl ether (PPE), was experimentally proven effective as a lubricant in supporting this probe/media interface and has enabled the demonstration of the probe-based ferroelectric recording technology. The unique stability of SO5 lubricant in an electric field and in the presence of electrons makes this liquid particularly suitable for ferroelectric recording storage devices. A broad range of analytical techniques were used to identify this lubricant as a mixture of alkylated diphenyl ethers having varying molecular weight. A thin layer of this lubricant was uniformly coated on the probe media surface through a dip-lubing procedure. Its thermal stability and wettability was investigated in terms of the requirements for the successful application of this unique ferroelectric recording technology. The impact of this lubricant film on the read/write capability, durability and tribological performance was also explored.

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