Patent Number: 7,751,286

Title: Optical pickup unit and information recording apparatus using the same

Abstract: An optical pickup unit for recording information on and/or reproducing information from a multilayer information recording medium including multiple recording surfaces in each of which a guide groove on which the information is to be recorded is spirally formed is disclosed. The optical pickup unit includes a light source, a diffraction element configured to split the light beam emitted from the light source into a main light beam and first and second sub light beams, an objective lens for focusing the main and sub light beams onto a recording surface of the multilayer information recording medium, and multiple light receiving elements each divided into light receiving parts so as to receive the main and sub light beams reflected from the recording surface. The focused first and second sub light beams are disposed at respective positions at least 3/2 tracks away from the focused main light beam on the recording surface.

Inventors: Ogata; Tetsuya (Kanagawa, JP), Mikami; Tatsuo (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G11B 7/09 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/06/12018