Single-mode RGB fiber array by Qioptiq

The kineFLEX-Hydra single-mode, polarization-maintaining fiber array from Qioptiq (Hamble, England) couples 640 nm red, 515 nm green, and 488 nm blue fibers for beam delivery during flow cytometry and metrology, with other wavelengths also available. The fiber array is available on its own or with the company's iFLEX-Hydra laser system.

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New, compact, singlemode, polarised fiber array, kineFLEX-Hydra, is a breakthrough for equipment manufacturers

  • Singlemode polarisation maintaining fibers for precise beam delivery
  • Closed system for very high reliability and reproducibility
  • Miniaturized footprint

Munich, Germany, May 23 2011 — Qioptiq has chosen LASER World of PHOTONICS 2011 to unveil its new kineFLEX-Hydra, a compact, robust, singlemode and polarisation maintaining red/green/blue (RGB) fiber array.

kineFLEX-Hydra is a breakthrough for manufacturers developing next generation flow cytometry and metrology equipment. Costing not much more than traditional exposed-beam assemblies, the new system is more robust, more reliable and significantly smaller.

Designed and built at Qioptiq’s world-leading facility in Hamble, UK, kineFLEX-Hydra uses high quality singlemode and linearly polarised fibers, permanently aligned in a closed system for very high reliability. The standard system couples Red (640nm), Green (515nm) and Blue (488nm), but other wavelengths are also available to order.

kineFLEX-Hydra can be supplied on its own, or complete with Qioptiq’s new compact iFLEX-Hydra laser system. Qioptiq’s multiple output iFLEX-Hydra system is a high quality, cost-effective, compact alternative to several individual lasers. The combination of the iFLEX-Hydra with the kineFLEX-Hydra offers equipment manufacturers a small, powerful platform for development of next-generation instruments in cytometry, metrology and screening applications.

kineFLEX-Hydra and iFLEX-Hydra are the latest in a long line of world-leading, cutting-edge laser and fiber solutions from Qioptiq. Further information is available from Booth B1.107 at LASER World of PHOTONICS, Munich, or by contacting

About Qioptiq
Qioptiq designs and manufactures photonic products and solutions that serve a wide range of markets and applications in the areas of medical and life sciences, industrial manufacturing, defense and aerospace, and research and development. The company is known for its high-quality standard components, products and instruments, its custom modules and assemblies, its leading-edge innovation, its precision manufacturing and its responsive global resourcing. Through a series of acquisitions, Qioptiq has an impressive history and pedigree, and benefits from having integrated the knowledge and experience of Avimo, Gsänger, LINOS, Optem, Pilkington, Point Source, Rodenstock, Spindler & Hoyer and others. Qioptiq has a worldwide presence with locations throughout Europe, Asia and the USA, employs over 2,100 people, and generated revenues of approximately US$380 million in 2010. For more information, visit


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