Patent Number: 7,710,849

Title: Optical head device and optical information recording or reproducing device

Abstract: Provided is an optical head device and an optical information recording or reproducing device for performing recording or reproduction to/from a plurality of types of optical recording medium, which can obtain a stable track error signal by a small size and exhibits high efficiency. Light P.sub.D and light P.sub.C emitted from a double-wavelength light source make incidence to a diffractive optical element in the same polarization directions. Diffraction gratings have a double refractive characteristic and in these areas the polarization directions of the two light beams become orthogonal. The light of 650 nm band is divided into 0th-order light and .+-.1st-order diffracted light in one of the diffraction grating and transmits through the other diffraction grating. The light of 780 nm band transmits through one of the diffraction grating and is divided into 0th-order light and .+-.1st-order diffracted light in the other diffraction grating. The two light beams are emitted from the diffractive optical element in the same polarization direction and guided towards the optical recording medium through a polarizing beam splitter and a quarter-wave plate.

Inventors: Katayama; Ryuichi (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: NEC Corporation

International Classification: G11B 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018