Jim Bain

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1993

Information Storage Systems Physics

As Associate Director of the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon, Professor Bain is interested in storage systems architectures and performance specifications, as they set the requirements for storage devices. Specifically, he is interested in how systems specifications set the performance requirements for recording heads - the transducers that must deliver energy to the recording medium and thus change its state in a reproducible way. Within this context Prof Bain has been an avid particpant in roadmapping and workshops on magnetic disk technology, magnetic tape technology, optical disk technology and probe storage technology.

Thin Films and Devices for Information Storage Systems

Within information storage systems like hard disk drives, tape drives, etc., there are core technologies in thin film materials and devices that are used to fabricate heads and media. Prof Bain has an active research program in the fabrication of and characterization of these materials and devices. Specific examples of recent areas of activity are:

  • Thin film FeCo alloys for high magnetization write poles
  • Magnetic pole dynamics in high speed write heads
  • Very small aperture lasers for near field optical and heat assisted magnetic recording
  • Field emission assisted magnetic probe recording
  • Nanostructured magnetic disk media using self-organized nanomasks
  • Sputtered thin film media for tape using CoCrPt/SiO2 composite media
  • Cr-SrZrO3 materials for resistance switching applications

Cheng-Ming Chow

Graduate Student

5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Liting Shen

Graduate Student

5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Materials Science & Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Yuezhang Zhou

Graduate Student

5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Materials Science & Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Most Cited Publications
  1. "Stress determination in textured thin films using X-ray diffraction," BM Clemens, JA BainMRS bulletin, 17, 46-51 (1992)
  2. "Single-chip computers with microelectromechanical systems-based magnetic memory," L Richard Carley, James A Bain, Gary K Fedder, David W Greve, David F Guillou, Michael SC Lu, Tamal Mukherjee, Suresh Santhanam, Leon Abelmann, Seungook Min. Journal of applied physics, 87, 6680-6685 (2000)
  3. "Influence of stress and texture on soft magnetic properties of thin films," Pei Zou, Winnie Yu, James A BainIEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 38, 3501-3520 (2002)
  4. "Mobility of oxygen vacancy in SrTiO3 and its implications for oxygen-migration-based resistance switching," W Jiang, M Noman, YM Lu, JA Bain, PA Salvador, M Skowronski. Journal of Applied Physics, 110, 034509 (2011)
  5. "Imaging of quantized magnetostatic modes using spatially resolved ferromagnetic resonance," Shingo Tamaru, JA Bain, RJM Van de Veerdonk, TM Crawford, M Covington, MH Kryder. Journal of Applied Physics, 91, 8034-8036 (2002)
Recent Publications
  1. "Impact of straightened thermal profiles generated by gapped near field transducers on HAMR SNR," Cheng-Ming Chow, Mengxue Yin, Yuwei Qin, James A Bain, Jian-Gang Zhu. AIP Advances, 10, 015326 (2020)
  2. "Extraction of Elasto-Optic Coefficient of Thin Film Arsenic Trisulfide Using a Mach-Zehnder Acousto-Optic Modulator on Lithium Niobate," Mdshofiqulislam Khan, Ashraf Mahmoud, Lutong Cai, Mohamed Mahmoud, Tamal Mukherjee, James A Bain, Gianluca Piazza. Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE (2019)
  3. "Magnetically-actuated micromechanical nickel patches for a monolithically integrated reconfigurable antenna on printed circuit board," Jitendra Pal, Francesco Donzelli, Suresh Santhanam, Kaustubh Deshpande, Lou Chomas, Daniele Piazza, James A Bain, Gianluca Piazza. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 29, 115020 (2019)
  4. "Magnetically reconfigurable pixelated antenna," Jitendra Pal, Francesco Donzelli, Daniele Piazza, James A Bain, Gianluca Piazza. Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 61, 2348-2353 (2019)
  5. "Efficient arsenic trisulfide vertical grating coupler on lithium niobate for integrated photonic applications," MSI Khan, James A Bain, Gianluca Piazza. Optics letters, 44, 4558-4561 (2019)

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