For increasing areal density in hard disk drives (HDDs), the physical clearance between the read/write element and the surface of the disk has been continuously decreasing to 1 nm or below [1]. At such a low clearance, the contact between the head and the disk is inevitable to occur, so head wear is becoming a critical issue in the development of HDD. The contact between the head and the disk induces a frictional heating, which may generate an additional thermal protrusion in the contact area of the head, and causes more wear. On the other hand, the target clearance in a HDD is generally determined by pulling back a setting TFC power from the touchdown point, accurately identifying the touchdown point is very significant for the clearance control in hard disk drive. A thermal protrusion is caused by friction-heating in the status of touchdown. Therefore, it is very necessary to quantitatively understand on friction induced thermal protrusion and clearance loss.

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