Plasmonic Near-Field Transducers (NFTs) find use in Energy-Assisted Magnetic Recording (EAMR) schemes,
where a high-anisotropy recording medium is locally heated to the Curie temperature, allowing conventional
magnetic recording heads to overcome the high coercivity of the medium. However, coupling efficiency is low,
and the conditions for excitation and resonance are poorly understood. In this work, we explore the behavior of
a canonical EAMR setup including rectangular dielectric waveguide, elliptic cylinder gold NFT, and conductive
planar recording medium. We systematically examine the effects of polarization and angle; spacing between
NFT, waveguide, and recording medium; and variations in NFT size and incident wavelength.