Directed self-assembly of block copolymers for use in bit patterned media fabrication

Griffiths, Rhys and Williams, Aled and Oakland, Chloë and Roberts, Jonny and Vijayaraghavan, Aravind and Thomson, Thomas (2013) Directed self-assembly of block copolymers for use in bit patterned media fabrication. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 46 (50). ISSN 0022-3727

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Reduction of the bit size in conventional magnetic recording media is becoming increasingly difficult due to the superparamagnetic limit. Bit patterned media (BPM) has been proposed as a replacement technology as it will enable hard disk areal densities to increase past 1 Tb in−2. Block copolymer directed self-assembly (BCP DSA) is the leading candidate for forming BPM due to its ability to create uniform patterns over macroscopic areas. Here we review the latest research into two different BCP DSA techniques: graphoepitaxy and chemoepitaxy (or chemical prepatterning). In addition to assessing their potential for forming high density bit patterns, we also review current approaches using these techniques for forming servo patterns, which are required for hard disk drive (HDD) operation. Finally, we review the current state of UV nanoimprint lithography, which is the favoured technique for enabling mass production of BPM HDDs.

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