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The QMC Instruments Team

Ken Wood - Sales & Marketing

Ken graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics and Astrophysics from Queen Mary College, University of London, and later with an M.Sc. from the Astronomy Centre at Sussex University. He has been involved in Terahertz science since it was known more commonly as “Far-Infrared and submillimetre-wave physics.”


Ken has been with QMC Instruments Ltd. since 1983. Ken enjoys travelling, and this is fortuitous because he sees quite a lot of the world whilst visiting QMC Instruments Ltd clients, who are distributed throughout the world. 

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Ken about to try for his first century innings ...

Ken is also one of the founders and the current CEO of QMCI's spin out security company Sequestim. Please get in touch with Ken for all sales enquiries.

Adam Woodcraft  - Research & Operations

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Following a degree and then PhD in physics at Manchester University, Adam has spread his career across various types of physics research with cryogenics being a common theme. Adam was awarded an Advanced Research Fellowship in Scotland, splitting his time between Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh.

His introduction to the world of Terahertz detection began while working on cooled detectors for the European Space Agency Herschel and Planck missions, now successfully doing astronomy a million miles from the Earth. Adam has also worked on SCUBA-2, where he led the low temperature thermal design, as well as testing the world's first 1000 pixel arrays for sub-mm astronomy.


Adam in front of the North Korean border after the IRMMW/THz conference in Busan, South Korea 

Since joining QMC Instruments in 2010 Adam has been leading the Research and day-to-day management of the company. Recently Adam was partly seconded to our sister company TK space, where he lead the design, build and test of the Quasi-Optical Network for the MWS instrument in the European Space Agencies MetOp-SG weather satellite programme. He has subsequently continued to manage projects for TK Space.

Adam Shorrock - Project Scientist

Adam studied Physics at Lancaster University, followed by a PhD at The University of Manchester as part of the Graphene NOWNANO doctoral training centre. His research focused on developing a new generation of terahertz sources with tunable outputs, by studying the emission of metallic structures under magnetic fields.

After completing his PhD, Adam joined the QMC Instruments team in 2021 as a Project Scientist, and has since worked on developing, building, and testing QMC’s range of detectors and cooling platforms.

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Adam at Tenby, South Wales, overlooking St. Catherine’s Island

James Cox - Systems Engineer

James read Physics at Loughborough University gaining a B.Sc.(Hons) in 2001. He then studied for a M.Sc in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank Observatory before beginning a Ph.D in Astrophysics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University in 2003. During the course of his degree he used QMC cryostats and filters while working on THUMPER, a 200 micron photometer, In March 2005 THUMPER made observations of Jupiter and Mars using the James Clark Maxwell Telescope. He completed his thesis in August 2007 and spent a year teaching and researching before starting work for QMC Instruments Ltd. in August 2008. 


James pictured in the QMC labs in Cardiff.

Stuart Hull  - Project Scientist

In 2017 Stuart started studying MPhys Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester.  His first experience in cryogenics was a one-year masters project researching sorption cryopumping, evaporative cooling and the miniature dilution refrigerator, capable of reaching temperatures below 50 millikelvins, for astronomy applications.  Stuart joined QMC shortly after graduating in 2021.  At QMC Stuart is involved with cryostat assembly and testing, as well as data analysis and research into cryostat design improvements.


    Stuart with his girlfriend Alannah visiting the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, where Stuart grew up.

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