Having Particular Optical Element Or Particular Placement Thereof In Radiation Beam Path To Or From Storage Medium Patents (Class 369/112.01)
  • Patent number: 11543643
    Abstract: A microscope objective for imaging a specimen using a microscope, the microscope objective having a front lens enclosed by a surround and being designed for microscopy with an immersion liquid. In the microscope objective, the front lens and/or the surround thereof is provided with a coating which can be switched between a state which repels the immersion liquid and a state which does not repel the immersion liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Ohrt, Michael Goegler, Thorsten Kues
  • Patent number: 11119251
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metasurface lens using a planar array of elementary resonators, each elementary resonator being the shape of a cross the arms of which are of unequal length. The phase shift applied by an elementary resonator is dependent on its orientation in the plane of the lens, the orientation of the various elementary resonators being determined depending on the shape of the desired wavefront. Such a lens has a substantially uniform transmission-coefficient distribution and a low chromatic aberration. Furthermore, it has a very good spectral selectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Giacomo Badano, Johan Rothman
  • Patent number: 11009453
    Abstract: A spectral curve acquiring device comprising: a light receiving optical system (6) for irradiating an irradiating light, a light receiving optical system (8) for dispersing and receiving a reflected irradiating light reflected by an object to be measured (7), a distance meter (4) for measuring a distance to the object to be measured, a storage module (25) for storing a plurality of reference spectral curves prepared based on a light receiving intensity for each wavelength at the time of measuring a white reference plate with different distances, and a control arithmetic module (24), wherein the control arithmetic module obtains a light receiving intensity of the dispersed reflected irradiating light for each wavelength based on the reference spectral curve corresponding to a distance to be measured, corrects a measurement spectral curve prepared based on the light receiving intensity, and prepares a spectral reflectance curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOPCON Corporation
    Inventors: Issei Hanya, Shugo Akiyama, Ryosuke Tomizawa, Naoto Kasori, Yoshimitsu Nakajima, Yuji Shirane, Satoshi Suenaga
  • Patent number: 10890733
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes image sensor modules that can include auto focus control. The modules also include features that can help reduce or eliminate tilt of the module's optical sub-assembly with respect to the plane of the image sensor. In some instances, the modules include features to facilitate highly precise positioning of the optical sub-assembly, and also can result in modules having a very small z height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jukka Alasirniö, Kyu Won Hwang, Hartmut Rudmann
  • Patent number: 10803200
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a data subject request processing system may be configured to utilize one or more local storage nodes in order to process a data subject access request on behalf of a data subject. In particular embodiments, the one or more local storage nodes may be local to the data subject making the request (e.g., in the same country as the data subject, in the same jurisdiction, in the same geographic area, etc.). The system may, for example, be configured to: (1) receive a data subject access request from a data subject (e.g., via a web form); (2) identify a suitable local storage node based at least in part on the request and/or the data subject; (3) route the data subject access request to the identified local storage node; and (4) process the data subject access request at the identified local storage node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: OneTrust, LLC
    Inventors: Kabir A. Barday, Jonathan Blake Brannon, Jason L. Sabourin
  • Patent number: 10630047
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the beam parameter product and/or beam shape of a laser beam is adjusted by coupling the laser beam into an optical fiber of a fiber bundle and directing the laser beam onto one or more in-coupling locations on the input end of the optical fiber. The beam emitted at the output end of the optical fiber may be utilized to process a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TERADIODE, INC.
    Inventors: Wang-Long Zhou, Bien Chann, Francisco Villarreal-Saucedo, Parviz Tayebati
  • Patent number: 10606096
    Abstract: A system for an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source includes a light-generation system configured to emit one or more light beams onto a beam path; one or more optical amplifiers, each of the one or more amplifiers including a gain medium on the beam path, each gain medium being configured to amplify the one or more light beams to produce one or more amplified light beams; and one or more diffractive optical elements on the beam path, where each of the one or more diffractive optical elements has a plurality of focal lengths, and each focal length of the diffractive optical element is associated with a particular polarization state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Cory Alan Stinson, Philip M. Conklin
  • Patent number: 10602100
    Abstract: Image display apparatus and methods may use a single imaging element such as a digital mirror device (DMD) to spatially modulate plural color channels. A color channel may include a light steering element such as a phase modulator. Steered light from a light steering element may be combined with or replaced by additional light to better display bright images. These technologies may be provided together or applied individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MTT Innovation Incorporated
    Inventors: Gerwin Damberg, Eric Jan Kozak, Raveen Kumaran, Anders Ballestad
  • Patent number: 10438984
    Abstract: The disclosure describes customizable optoelectronic modules and methods for standardizing a plurality of the customizable optoelectronic modules. The customizable optoelectronic modules can be configured to mitigate dimensional variations and misalignments in a number of their respective constituent components such as optical assemblies and sensor covers. The customizable optoelectronic modules and methods for standardizing a plurality of the customizable optoelectronic modules can obviate the need for binning during manufacturing thereby saving considerable resources such as time and expense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jukka Alasirniö
  • Patent number: 10381039
    Abstract: A reproducing device (100) includes (i) an optical pickup (6) for irradiating, with reproduction light, an optical disk (1) which is a super-resolution medium, (ii) an RF signal processing circuit (9) for converting, into a reproduction signal, light which reflected off optical disk (1), (iii) an i-MLSE detecting section (141) for evaluating quality of the reproduction signal, and (iv) a spherical aberration correcting section (142) for correcting a spherical aberration by using a result of evaluation of the quality of the reproduction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MEMORY-TECH HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Hideharu Tajima, Masaki Yamamoto, Hirohisa Yamada, Takayuki Naka, Masahito Konishi
  • Patent number: 10224691
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the beam parameter product and/or beam shape of a laser beam is adjusted by coupling the laser beam into an optical fiber of a fiber bundle and directing the laser beam onto one or more in-coupling locations on the input end of the optical fiber. The beam emitted at the output end of the optical fiber may be utilized to process a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TERADIODE, INC.
    Inventors: Wang-Long Zhou, Bien Chann, Francisco Villarreal-Saucedo, Parviz Tayebati
  • Patent number: 10205055
    Abstract: The invention discloses a light engine array having at least an anode and a cathode comprising: a first type semiconductor layer; an active layer; and a second type semiconductor layer; a cathode electrode has a conductive metal layer in electrical contact with a portion of the first type semiconductor layer, and the second type semiconductor layer to form a short circuit structure in a common cathode region; and an anode electrode has the conductive metal layer and coupled to a portion of the first type semiconductor layer; wherein, the anode electrode is electrically isolated with the active layer and the second type semiconductor layer in a sub-pixel region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HIPHOTON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen-Fu Chu, Chen-Hsien Chu
  • Patent number: 10192581
    Abstract: A reproducing device (100) includes (i) an optical pickup (6) for irradiating, with reproduction light, an optical disk (1) which is a super-resolution medium, (ii) an RF signal processing circuit (9) for converting, into a reproduction signal, light which reflected off optical disk (1), (iii) an i-MLSE detecting section (141) for evaluating quality of the reproduction signal, and (iv) a spherical aberration correcting section (142) for correcting a spherical aberration by using a result of evaluation of the quality of the reproduction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MEMORY-TECH HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Hideharu Tajima, Masaki Yamamoto, Hirohisa Yamada, Takayuki Naka, Masahito Konishi
  • Patent number: 10127940
    Abstract: A slider configured for heat-assisted magnetic recording comprises an optical sensor coupled to first and second bond pads. The optical sensor comprises a bolometer and a reference sensor. The bolometer is situated at a location of the slider that receives at least some of the light and exposed to an ambient temperature at the slider. The bolometer produces a signal in response to a change in the ambient temperature and the change in output optical power. The reference sensor is situated at a location of the slider unexposed to the light and exposed to the ambient temperature. The reference sensor is coupled to the bolometer and configured to produce a signal in response to the change in the ambient temperature. The optical sensor is configured to generate a sensor signal indicative of changes in output optical power of a laser source without contribution due to ambient temperature changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: James Gary Wessel, Jon Karsten Klarqvist, John Charles Duda
  • Patent number: 9978416
    Abstract: A reproducing device (100) includes (i) an optical pickup (6) for irradiating, with reproduction light, an optical disk (1) which is a super-resolution medium, (ii) an RF signal processing circuit (9) for converting, into a reproduction signal, light which reflected off optical disk (1), (iii) an i-MLSE detecting section (141) for evaluating quality of the reproduction signal, and (iv) a spherical aberration correcting section (142) for correcting a spherical aberration by using a result of evaluation of the quality of the reproduction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MEMORY-TECH HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Hideharu Tajima, Masaki Yamamoto, Hirohisa Yamada, Takayuki Naka, Masahito Konishi
  • Patent number: 9966099
    Abstract: A record playback apparatus of the present disclosure includes a plurality of optical pickups that records information on a recording medium or plays back information from the recording medium; a single transport mechanism that transports the plurality of optical pickups together; and a transport control circuit that drives the single transport mechanism so that, when the single transport mechanism is driven to transport the plurality of optical pickups to respective target positions on the recording medium, absolute value of a maximum value of transport errors of the plurality of optical pickups with respect to the respective target positions becomes substantially equal to absolute value of a minimum value of transport errors of the plurality of optical pickups with respect to the respective target positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo Momoo, Yuichi Takahashi, Noritaka Akagi
  • Patent number: 9837112
    Abstract: An apparatus is includes a near field transducer positioned adjacent a media-facing surface and at the end of a waveguide having at least one core layer and a cladding layer. The apparatus also includes at least one optical reflector positioned adjacent opposing cross-track edges of the near field transducer and/or adjacent a down-track side of the near-field transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Ruoxi Yang, James Gary Wessel, Rachel Frakie, Chubing Peng, Werner Scholz, Chris Rea, Zoran Jandric, Mourad Benakli, Tae-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 9805761
    Abstract: A reproducing device (100) includes (i) an optical pickup (6) for irradiating, with reproduction light, an optical disk (1) which is a super-resolution medium, (ii) an RF signal processing circuit (9) for converting, into a reproduction signal, light which reflected off optical disk (1), (iii) an i-MLSE detecting section (141) for evaluating quality of the reproduction signal, and (iv) a spherical aberration correcting section (142) for correcting a spherical aberration by using a result of evaluation of the quality of the reproduction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MEMORY-TECH HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Hideharu Tajima, Masaki Yamamoto, Hirohisa Yamada, Takayuki Naka, Masahito Konishi
  • Patent number: 9718234
    Abstract: An imprint lithography apparatus uses a mold having a pattern formed thereon and transfers the pattern to an imprint material fed to a substrate. The apparatus includes a light-receiving element; a detection system that irradiates a mark formed on the substrate and a mark formed on the mold with light which is reflected therefrom, and guides the light reflected from the mark formed on the substrate and from the mark formed on the mold to the light-receiving element; a relay optical system that causes the light reflected to focus between the mold and the detection system; an illumination system that emits illumination light for curing the imprint material; an optical element having a surface that transmits one of the illumination light and the light from the detection system and reflects the other; and a plate-shaped optical member that corrects aberration of the relay optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hironori Maeda, Seiya Miura, Kazuhiko Mishima, Ken Minoda
  • Patent number: 9612105
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) system that includes both polarization maintaining and single mode optical fiber and methods of use thereof. Generally, OCT systems of the invention have a light source and a differential path interferometer that includes a sample arm and a reference arm. A splitter is used to split light from the light source to the sample arm and the reference arm. Reflected light from the sample arm and the reference arm is recombined at a detector. The polarization maintaining fiber is used in the reference arm to ensure that optical field intensity is equalized between two orthogonal detection channels of the OCT system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Volcano Corporation
    Inventor: Nathaniel J. Kemp
  • Patent number: 9599511
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a first coding element that includes regions arrayed two-dimensionally in an optical path of light incident from an object, and an image sensor. Each of the regions includes first and second regions. A wavelength distribution of an optical transmittance of the first region has a maximum in each of first and second wavelength bands, and a wavelength distribution of an optical transmittance of the second region has a maximum in each of third and fourth wavelength bands. At least one selected from the group of the first and second wavelength bands differs from the third and fourth wavelength bands. The image sensor acquires an image in which components of the first, second, third and fourth wavelength bands of the light that has passed through the first coding element are superimposed on one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Ando, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 9552833
    Abstract: Devices that include a near field transducer (NFT); a multilayer gas barrier layer positioned on at least a portion of the NFT, the multilayer gas barrier layer including at least a first and a second sublayer, where the second gas barrier sublayer is positioned on the first gas barrier sublayer, the first gas barrier sublayer is positioned adjacent the NFT and the second gas barrier sublayer is positioned adjacent the wear resistant layer, the first and second sublayers independently have thicknesses from 0.01 nm to 5 nm; and a wear resistance layer positioned on at least a portion of the gas barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Yuhang Cheng, Kurt W. Wierman, Michael Seigler, Scott Franzen
  • Patent number: 9435828
    Abstract: A probe, comprising: a shank region having a top surface integrally connected to a bottom surface of a conical region; a pyramidal tip region having a base surface integrally connected to a top surface of the conical region; and wherein the base surface of the pyramidal tip region is contained within a perimeter of the top surface of the conical region. Also a method of fabricating the probe and a method of probing devices under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Goulet, Walter V. Lepuschenko
  • Patent number: 9091862
    Abstract: A partitioned aperture wavefront imaging system includes an imaging system comprising a partitioned aperture lens array positioned at the aperture plane or Fourier plane between the entrance plane and camera plane of an imaging system. The partitioned aperture lens array can include 2 or more off-axis lenses symmetrically distributed about an optical axis, and adapted to produce simultaneously at the camera plane at least two images of an object, or intermediate image of an object, presented at the entrance plane. Preferably, the partitioned aperture lens array includes from 3 to 5 off-axis lenses and produces 3 to 5 images at the camera plane from which phase and amplitude information about the light field can be determined. The partitioned aperture wavefront imaging system provides enough information about the light field presented at the entrance plane to enable reconstruction of the light field at other planes relative to the entrance plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jerome Charles Mertz, Kengyeh Ken Chu, Ashwin Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 9013965
    Abstract: Provided are an optical pickup device and an optical disk drive including the same. The optical pickup device includes a quarter-wave plate (QWP) that is disposed parallel to an objective lens and a reflection mirror that reflects a beam back onto the QWP after the beam passed through the QWP. The optical pickup device also includes a polarization mirror that is disposed between the objective lens and the QWP, and which reflects the beam which is generated from a light source onto the QWP, and allows the beam reflected by the reflection mirror to pass through to the objective lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Ji-sun Ahn, Ui-yol Kim
  • Patent number: 8984543
    Abstract: Provided is an optical pickup device that compensates for an aberration caused by a beam splitter. When a beam of light is reflected from a disc and proceeds towards a beam splitter, the beam splitter is designed to allow the reflected beam to pass therethrough. However, the beam splitter can cause an astigmatism in the reflected beam due to diffraction. According to various aspects herein, an optical pickup device may include a compensation device that generates an inverse astigmatism to compensate for the astigmatism generated by the beam splitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Ju-hee Im, Ki-bok Kim, Ji-sun Ahn, Chan-ik Lee, Jin-ho Jeong
  • Patent number: 8873166
    Abstract: An objective lens for an optical pickup device is characterized in that compatibility of three types of optical discs, which are a BD, a DVD, and a CD, may be realized by a common objective lens, and a flare can be created by providing an over-spherical aberration when a third optical disc is used from a size relationship between a pitch on a central region side and a pitch on an intermediate region side across a boundary and a relationship of a direction of a step in the base structures superimposed in a central region and an intermediate region of the objective lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Advanced Layers, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyono Tateyama
  • Patent number: 8867324
    Abstract: A reproducing device includes a light generation and emission unit that obtains signal light as reflection light, which reflects recording signals of a land and a groove, by irradiating an optical recording medium with light and generates reference light so as to emit the signal light and the reference light in a superposed manner, a detection optical system that generates a first combination of signal light and reference light, a second combination of signal light and reference light, a third combination of signal light and reference light, and a fourth combination of signal light and reference light respectively, a light receiving unit in which the first to fourth combinations of signal light and reference light are respectively received by first to fourth light receiving elements, and a reproduction unit that reproduces the recording signals of the land and the groove on the basis of first to fourth light receiving signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Sekiguchi, Takahiro Miura, Kimihiro Saito
  • Patent number: 8837265
    Abstract: An optical information reproduction device includes a light source (14) configured to emit reproduction light, a plasmon resonance element (9) including a resonance section (22) arranged adjacent to a recording region (4) of a recording layer (2), the resonance section (22) causing plasmon resonance between the recording region (4) and the resonance section (22), a photodetector (17a) configured to detect reflected light or transmitted light from the plasmon resonance element (9) on which the reproduction light is irradiated, and a reproduction unit (24) configured to determine, on the basis of a detection signal from the photodetector (17a), whether the recording region (4) is in a recorded state or an unrecorded state, and reproduce information recorded in the recording region (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Teruhiro Shiono, Yoshiharu Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140219070
    Abstract: An optical pickup includes a light source, a light splitting element generating signal light and position adjustment light by splitting return light from an optical disk and dispersing the return light in different directions, and a light receiving portion having a signal light receiving portion and an adjustment light receiving portion. The light splitting element is configured such that the position thereof is adjusted on the basis of the position adjustment light received by the adjustment light receiving portion of the light receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taiki MORI
  • Patent number: 8755259
    Abstract: An optical element has at least one surface divided into a plurality of regions and includes: a first region configured to converge light with a wavelength ?1 onto a storage surface of a first optical disc and converge light with a wavelength ?2 onto a storage surface of a second optical disc; and a second region formed around the outer circumference of the first region and configured to converge light with the wavelength ?1 onto the storage surface of the first optical disc. The second region has a concave-convex structure concentrically formed on an aspheric surface and having a cross section being a saw teeth shape. The concave-convex structure is formed by a plurality of different saw teeth shapes, and the plurality of different saw teeth shapes respectively give different phase differences corresponding to substantially integer multiples of the wavelength ?1, for light with the wavelength ?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kuzuhiro Minami, Yoshiaki Komma, Fumitomo Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 8737178
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a lens, an alignment feature positioned adjacent to a surface of the lens, a detector for producing an alignment signal in response to a portion of incident light reflected by the alignment feature and a portion of the incident light reflected by the surface adjacent to the alignment feature, and an actuator for controlling alignment of the incident light in response to the alignment signal. A method of controlling alignment of the beam of incident light is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Dean Milster, Jaisoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8737180
    Abstract: Provided is an optical pickup device that suppresses a fluctuation of a tracking error signal caused by stray light when recording/reproducing information on/from an optical disc including a plurality of recording layers and attains size reduction. It includes a laser diode emitting laser light of about 405 nm in wavelength, an objective lens irradiating the optical disc with an optical beam emitted from the laser diode and having a numerical aperture of about 0.85, and a detector including a detection part receiving the optical beam reflected from the optical disc. An optical magnification from the optical disc to the detector is set within a range from about 10× to 15×.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki, Daisuke Tomita
  • Patent number: 8711666
    Abstract: In an optical pickup device for use in recording and reproducing on an optical recording medium, such as a CD or DVD, banks are formed on both sides of an adhesive agent application position for adhering an optical device, such as a photodetector or a laser diode, in an optical pickup case. At this time, a bank on the side of an optical path is formed higher than a height of an outer bank, and an adhesive agent is poured between the banks, to adhere the optical pickup case and the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiko Mizushima, Hiroaki Furuichi, Kazuhiko Ito, Ryuichiro Mizuno, Tamotsu Nishida
  • Patent number: 8687475
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an optical pickup device includes a fixed portion 100, a movable portion 11, first and second elastic supporting members 12a and 12b, one and the other ends of which are secured to the fixed portion 100 and the movable portion 11, respectively, and an objective lens 8 secured to the movable portion 11. The objective lens 8 is arranged inside of the area that is defined between two lines that are respectively drawn from one and the other ends of the first elastic supporting member 12a perpendicularly to the first elastic supporting member 12a and outside of the area defined between the first and second elastic supporting members 12a and 12b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Ieki
  • Patent number: 8659983
    Abstract: New and useful methods and systems for reading optical discs, such as multi-layer Blu-ray discs are disclosed. For example, in an embodiment a device for reading two-layered optical discs includes a laser diode capable of emitting light, a set of optics including a fixed collimator, the set of optics providing a numerical aperture (NA) of substantially less than 0.85, and a detector for detecting laser light focused on a two-layer optical disc to produce a stream of detected bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeroen Dorgelo, Mats Oberg, Antonius Leonardus Johannes Dekker
  • Patent number: 8658718
    Abstract: A molding material of the present invention includes a polymer having a repeating structural unit whose part or whole contains an alicyclic structure, a phenolic stabilizer, a hindered amine light stabilizer and a phosphorus stabilizer, in which at least a part of the phenolic stabilizer and/or hindered amine light stabilizer is presently adhering to the surface of particles of the above polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Shibuya
  • Patent number: 8614938
    Abstract: An objective lens unit according to the present invention includes a first objective lens 41; and a first lens holder 2 for supporting the first objective lens 41. The first lens holder 2 is formed of a material which transmits ultraviolet. Preferably, the first lens holder 2 includes a through-hole, having first and second openings 2a and 2b, through which light incident on the first objective lens 41 passes, and an opening limiting section 3 provided along a circumferential direction of the through-hole and projecting toward a central axis of the through-hole. The first objective lens 41 is supported so as to block the first opening 2b. The opening limiting section 3 guides light incident thereon from the second opening 2a in a direction away from an optical axis of the first objective lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Komma, Kanji Wakabayashi, Kousei Sano, Toshiyasu Tanaka, Keiichi Matsuzaki, Hidenori Wada
  • Patent number: 8588038
    Abstract: An optical pickup has a laser light source, beam splitter, collimator lens, reflection mirror, objective lens and photo detector are mounted in a case. An objective lens actuator includes a magnetic member and magnet. The optical pickup may become contaminated by uncured adhesive remaining at the edges of the adhesive surfaces of the magnet and the magnetic member that is transferred to the optical pickup via finger cots or tweezers, etc. In an adhesion step between the magnet and the magnetic member, in which part of a groove near to the center of the surface has a small depth and part of the groove near to the outer circumference of the surface has a large depth, an adhesive is drawn toward the center of the surface of the magnetic member by a capillary phenomenon and is prevented from spreading along the outer edge of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Kinoshita, Souichirou Yamada, Takeshi Oikawa
  • Patent number: 8576685
    Abstract: A high-NA and thin objective lens which prevents occurrence of a crack during lens molding and can stably be molded is provided. The present invention is directed to an objective lens having an optical surface having power which is not negative. The objective lens is a single lens and is formed such that a flat portion which is provided at an outer peripheral portion and perpendicular to the optical axis is closer to a disc surface than the position of the top of an exit-side surface of the objective lens and such that the rate of change in sag of the exit-side surface is continuous across the entire region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Hayashi, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Michihiro Yamagata
  • Patent number: 8576683
    Abstract: A method of determining the type of disk loaded on an optical disk drive, and an optical disk drive using the method are provided. The disk decision method includes operations of detecting a change in the magnitude of a focus error signal generated during a focus search for a recording layer of a disk closest to an outermost layer of the disk, wherein the change in the magnitude of the focus error signal depends on a change in a recording layer of the disk for which aberration correction is performed, and determining a recording layer architecture of the disk according to the detected change in the magnitude of the focus error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation
    Inventors: Seung-hoon Kim, Kwan-ho Chun
  • Publication number: 20130279318
    Abstract: The invention provides for a recording method comprising the steps of modulating a first light beam; directing a second light beam to interfere with the first light beam to produce an interference pattern in a region of a recording medium; forming an optical device in the medium responsive to the interference pattern, wherein optical characteristics of the optical device are varied responsive to variations in the interference pattern. A method of playback, a recording and/or reading head and data carriers are also claimed. An example relates to a full diffraction analogy of gramophone recording. The interference of two beams, one of which is functionally linked to an audio signal, results in a change of the diffractive structure that instantly reflects the change of the input signal. On playback the diffracted light beam oscillates in the same way as the gramophone needle would vibrate. Another aspect of the disclosure relates to multilevel digital recording using holographic and/or diffractive structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: ZET Nanolaboratory, Ltd.
    Inventors: Libor Kotacka, Leos Polivka, Vladimir Zhukov
  • Patent number: 8565059
    Abstract: An optical pickup device includes a laser diode for emitting a laser beam, an objective lens for collecting the light beam emitted from the laser diode and irradiating an optical disc with the collected light beam, a diffraction element for making the light beam reflected from the optical disc diverge, and a detector having a plurality of detection parts for receiving the diverging light beams caused by the diffraction element. The diffraction element has first, second, and third divided areas, wherein a 0th-order diffracted light from the first divided area, the second divided area, and the third divided area is detected by at least four divided detection parts; and at least two detection parts for detecting the light beam diffracted at the first divided area into first or higher diffraction order are aligned in a direction generally perpendicular to the track of the optical disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20130272106
    Abstract: An optical disk device includes an optical pickup, and a controller. The optical pickup emits light on an optical disk, and detects return light from the optical disk. The controller performs a focus control based on a focus error signal corresponding to the return light detected by the optical pickup, and performs a tracking control based on a tracking error signal corresponding to the return light detected by the optical pickup. The controller finds a relation of an amount of deviation in a tracking balance of the tracking error signal relative to a change in a focus balance of the focus error signal while the tracking control is stopped prior to reproduction of the optical disk. The controller corrects the deviation in the tracking balance attributable to the change in the focus balance based on the relation while the focus balance is adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mamoru KUWAJIMA
  • Patent number: 8559289
    Abstract: An optical pickup apparatus includes: first and second laser diodes to emit first and second laser beams having first and second wavelengths for reading signals recorded in first and second optical discs, respectively; a first objective lens configured to condense the first laser beam onto the signal recording layer of the first optical disc; a second objective lens arranged, along with the first objective lens, in a radial direction of the first and the second optical discs, the second objective lens configured to condense the second laser beam onto the signal recording layer of the second optical disc; a first optical system configured to guide the first laser beam from the first laser diode to the first objective lens; and a second optical system configured to guide the second laser beam from the second laser diode to the second objective lens independently of the first optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Optec Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Koshimizu, Hiroyuki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8553516
    Abstract: A reproducing device includes a homodyne detection part that carries out homodyne detection by using reflected light of first light obtained from a recording layer as signal light and using reflected light of second light by a mirror as reference light, a signal reproducing part that obtains a reproduced signal based on the signal light, based on a result of homodyne detection, and a one-axis actuator that drives the mirror. The reproducing device further includes an optical path length servo control part that carries out driving control of the one-axis actuator in such a manner that the optical path length difference between the signal light and the reference light is kept constant, and an offset giving part that gives an offset that reduces or enlarges the amplitude difference of the reproduced signal of marks that are recorded in the recording layer and have sizes different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Miura, Yojiro Sumi
  • Patent number: 8520486
    Abstract: In an optical pickup device for a simple optical system, a light beam emitted from a laser diode is split into first and second light beams by a polarized beam splitter, an optical disc is irradiated with the first light beam to obtain signal light, and the second beam is reflected by a reflection element to obtain reference light. Light beams of the signal light and the reference light are synthesized into one light beam, the synthesized light beam is separated into four light beams by a phase difference forming unit including a grating, a divided wave plate and a polarization grating, and different phase differences are afforded to the signal light and the reference light in each light beam. The four light beams are detected by one detector to generate the reproduction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Media Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8520487
    Abstract: An element holding device of the present invention includes: a guide portion engaging with a guide shaft; a lens fixing portion on which to fix a collimator lens; an arm portion; an insertion portion having a hole portion in which to insert a guide shaft; a wire fixing portion made by protruding a side surface of the insertion portion in a ?Y direction; and a wire fixed on the wire fixing portion. A bent portion being a leading end portion of the wire is housed in a slit. Thereby, excess deformation of a contact portion is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., SANYO Optec Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Hashimoto, Koichi Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 8514685
    Abstract: Optical devices based on internal conical refraction for developing new set-ups, methods and applications based on the specific properties of internal conical diffraction. The devices include several set-ups, methods and applications consisting of biaxial crystal(s)—one or more polarization elements and optical elements. The biaxial crystal is an optical crystal which may belong to the trigonal, orthorhombic or trigonal crystal classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: BioAxial SAS
    Inventor: Gabriel Y. Sirat
  • Patent number: 8493824
    Abstract: A tilt can be detected highly accurately by minimizing the tilt detection error. An optical head includes: an objective lens for converging a light beam from a light source onto an optical disc; a photodetector section receiving the beam, reflected from the disc, at divided areas on its photodetection plane and outputting light detection signals from those areas; and a tilt detecting section for detecting a relative tilt between the lens and disc based on the detection signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Fumitomo Yamasaki, Akihiro Arai, Hideki Aikoh