A magnetic recording device is provided according to the present invention for
magnetic recording on a recording medium. The magnetic recording device includes
a magnetic pole and a C-aperture structure disposed adjacent the magnetic pole.
A focusing element receives light from a light source and focuses the received
light onto the C-aperture structure, such that the light incident upon the C-aperture
structure and a magnetic flux flowing through the magnetic pole are co-locatable
on a recording medium disposed adjacent to the magnetic recording device. The focusing
element may include a planar waveguide receiving and focusing the light onto the