Optic information medium and reading method

Application Number: 00108882
Application Date: 2000.03.28
Publication Number: 1290932
Publication Date: 2001.04.11
Priority Information: 1999/7/2 JP 189800/1999; 1999/8/27 JP 242293/1999; 1999/9/21 JP 267823/1999; 1999/10/25 JP 302558/1999; 1999/12/28 JP 375067/1999
International: G11B7/24
Applicant(s) Name: TDK Corp.
Inventor(s) Name: Kikukawa Takashi;Utsu Miyahajimu;Atara Kanko
Patent Agency Code: 11038
Patent Agent: ma gao
Abstract In an optical information medium having an information bearing surface having projections and depressions and/or capable of forming recorded marks, a functional layer is added. The information borne on the information bearing surface can be read by using reading light of a wavelength longer than 4NA.PL wherein PL is the minimum size of the projections and depressions or the recorded marks and NA is the numerical aperture of a reading optical system, setting the power of the reading light within such a range that the functional layer does not change its complex index of refraction, and irradiating the reading light to the information bearing surface constructed by the functional layer or to the information bearing surface through the functional layer or to the functional layer through the information bearing surface. The medium enables reading at a high resolution beyond the diffraction limit.