An extended study of the general characteristics of the bouncing vibrations of a contact recording head slider was done for a single-degree-of-freedom slider model bouncing on a harmonic wavy disk surface with linear contact stiffness and damping. The relationship between bounce height and waviness frequency and the role of a top contact point necessary for stable bouncing vibrations are discussed. Since the dynamic contact force increases to ten times the static slider load even when the bounce height is only one nanometer, the importance of complete tracking without separation is discussed. Then the complete tracking conditions of disk surface waviness under disturbances of ten nanometer bounce height are calculated for various design parameter values, including the waviness phase. It is also shown that a collision model can predict almost the same complete tracking zones as an elastic contact model.

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