TK/QMCI's contribution to the Event Horizon Telescope

TK and QMC Instruments has been privileged to supply - over the last decade - many of the receiver components used by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration to generate the first image at 1.3mm (230 GHz) of the supermassive black hole in Messier 87 .     (Image from EHT)   The Event Horizon Telescope is make up of many mm-wave telescopes and arrays of telecopes to provide the long baseline (the size of the Earth) to give the necessary angular resolution to resolve the area around the Black Hole.     (Credit European Southern Observatory for the map)   For the Hawaii-based Submillimeter Array (SMA) of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonia...
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Apprentice Fair in Horsham

TK is recruiting toolmaking apprentices to start their training in September, and we all enjoyed our day at the Apprentice Fair on Saturday, 9th March in Horsham's Drill Hall: Left to right - Works Manager Stuart Froud, TK apprentice Zac Freeman and Apprentice Supervisor David Cox showing potential apprentices and their parents what we do. On the table - sitting on our Queen's Award for Exports flag, are a set of parts made for instruments for which will be put into Space.   Applications are still open - contact David Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details  

TK hand-delivers large QO Materials bench to IETR Rennes

Mid-december gave Trevor Walker and Richard Wylde the fun of driving - on the wrong side of the road - a trailer from Caen to Rennes in Brittany: We were delivering a seriously large (operating down to 12 GHz) four mirror (sums-of-focal-length) Quasi-Optical bench to the Institut d'Électronique et de Télécommunications de Rennes ( IETR) laboratory. Destined for measurement to charaterise materials for advanced antennas, the systems have been supplied to our client Dr. Laurent de Coq via our French Agent, Alex Gerby of  Arva.   W e were please to measutre sub 1dB S21 losses though the system.   Left to right: Laurent de Coq, Trevor Walker, Richard Wylde and Alex Gerby TK a...
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High media interest in Sequestim's security scanner being trialed in Cardiff Airport

An impressive number of UK and Foreign news media - TV, Print and On-line - have picked up on the current successful trial of the Sequestim's security camera in Cardiff Airport: They - being professional at this - can tell this exciting story better than we can: BBC ITV The Sun Daily Mail The Mirror Farmweek Irish Examiner Yahoo / Press Association Aerotelegraph (in German) Airport Technology TravelPulse as well as Cardiff University Sequestim is a joint venture between Cardiff University - specifically the Astrophysics Instrumentation Group and QMC Instruments, and is the result of a decade of hard work by Ken Wood (pictured above) and his colleagues to bring 0.3 Kelvin Kinetic Inductor Det...
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High Field ESR Bridge installed in OSU's Institute for Materials Research

A TK team of Dr. Alisa Leavesley, Stuart Froud and Richard Wylde have finished an enjoyable few days in a cold (-5 C) Columbus, Ohio, installing a Quasi-Optical High Field ESR Bridge in OSU's Institute for Materials Research ... deep in their physics department.   mm-wave source power will come from a VDI multiplier chain and detection from an 1865-based InSb broadband detector , from QMC Instruments   Thanks to Dr. Denis Pelekhov and his colleagues for their hospitality.  We look forward to supporting this cutting-edge facility in 2019.

Power from Thomas Keating's roof

is now generating a significant fraction of the electricity we use to cut metal       it is fun to watch the rise and fall of the power the solar cells generate as the sun rises and falls. Here is a late September's day.... we are hoping for more - perhaps over 60 KW -  come mid-summer.     a short video of the panelx  from a DJI Spark drone...50 seconds odd .... can be seen at the bottom of the TK page here