Patent Number: 8,816,269

Title: Reflective optical scale for encoder and reflective optical encoder

Abstract: A reflective optical scale for an encoder, in which a first region and a second region are alternately arranged on an underlying member, wherein the first region has a reflecting member on the underlying member, a layer made up of a first material, and a layer made up of a second material, the second region has the layer made up of the second material, the first and the second material have transparency, the first material has a lower refractive index of the light than the reflecting member and the second material, the second material has a lower refractive index of the light than the underlying member, and optical thicknesses of the first and the second material are set so that a reflectance of the light of the first region is higher than the second region.

Inventors: Mizuno; Hiroshi (Zama, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G01D 5/34 (20060101); G01D 5/36 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018