Patent Number: 7,787,348

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

Abstract: Light emitted from a light source and having a wavelength of 400 nm is reflected by a beam splitter (BS), and converged on a disk according to a next-generation standard. Reflection light therefrom passes through the BS and is received by a photodetector. Light emitted from a light source and having a wavelength of 660 nm is reflected by the BS and passes through the BS, and converged on a disk according to a DVD standard. Reflection light therefrom passes through the BS and is received by the photodetector. About 50% of light emitted from a light source and having a wavelength of 780 nm is reflected by the BS. The light passes through the BS and is then converged on a disk according to a CD standard. Reflection light therefrom passes through the BS. About 50% of the light passes through the BS and is received by the photodetector. Thus, recording and reproduction can be performed on any of disks according to a next-generation standard, DVD standard, and CD standard. With respect to disks according to the next-generation standard, a high optical output is obtained during recording and a high S/N ratio is obtained during reproduction. With respect to disks according to the CD standard, the amount of light received by the photodetector does not substantially vary even when birefringence of a disk varies.

Inventors: Katayama; Ryuichi (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: NEC Corporation

International Classification: G11B 7/135 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018