Thermal flying height control (TFC) has recently been implemented in magnetic recording disk drives to reduce the flying height at the read/write element for high areal density magnetic recording. In this work, we propose a novel thermal flying height control slider, by designing a slit near the thermal heater in the slider. The thermal-structure simulation coupled with air bearing simulation is used to simulate the actuation by the thermal actuator, as well as the effects on flying performance of slider being actuated.

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