Tribology problems occurring in high performance tape and disk systems are discussed. The head/medium interface is described for the case of lightly loaded contacts between a magnetic tape and a read/write head, and the parameters determining the design and the tribological performance of the head/flexible medium interface are discussed. In addition, the head/disk interface in the case of very small spacing is analyzed and the tribology problems encountered in the case of very small head/disk spacing are summarized. Finally, an overview of future tribology trends in magnetic recording technology is given.
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