7th March 2012: QMC Instruments Ltd. has delivered the final shipment of 80 vacuum windows for "band 10" of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescopes in Chajnantor in the Chilean Andes. These windows are anti-reflection coated and have very challenging requirements for the in-band transmission. We received the following comment from ESO: "The performance of these windows are of a high standard, just like the previous batch, and the non-compliances are minor. My congratulations to you and other QMC staff involved!"
The Financial Times in London ran a set of articles on the Queen's Award on Saturday, 21st April 2012 and the snippet about TK is here:
Thomas Keating Ltd was delighted to receive a Queen's Award and issued the following Press Release Astro-kit creators receive Queen’s Award From one economic dip and through another, Thomas Keating Ltd is proud to be flourishing, says MD Queen’s Award recognises commercial success of kit supplied to world-leading scientific projects THOMAS KEATING Ltd, a 230 year old company now based in Billingshurst that has transformed from flea powder manufacturer into a creator and supplier of high-tech space kit, has been recognised by the Queen’s Office for its success. Following recent commercial achievements - including the development of 67 pairs of targets to calibrate ALMA, the European S...
The staff at Thomas Keating Ltd. wish Graham Bell farewell after more than two years working with us as a project scientist in Billingshurst. He is leaving us and the UK to work in The Joint Astronomy Centre in Hilo, Hawaii. We do hope he can continue his hobby as a glider pilot.
Through the good offices of Dr. Pat Foster, we have obtained a licence for v14 of HFSS, and have purchased a Dell R5500 Rackmounted workstation and added 48 GB of RAM. We have started looking at the operation of a waveguide 240 GHz Single Sideband diplexer. It's operation can be seen in this video.