The heat management problem in the heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) has been a long-term issue. In this paper, we investigated the temperature increase of a “lollipop” type near field transducer (NFT) in HAMR. We included the electromagnetic (EM) field analysis in the modeling and considered the back-heating from the media to the head with various heat transfer mechanisms. The results showed that the overcoat layer of the NFT plays an important role for protecting the NFT from high temperature. Degradation of the overcoat layer may result in the early failure of the NFT.

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