About us

Our company, founded in March 2006, provides tools for analysis, thin film deposition, measurement and control applications from market-leading suppliers. We focus on research, development and process control in the materials science, energy research and semiconductor markets. We have a significant breadth of product offering, including the World market leading thin film metrology company k-Space Associates, Inc. and our 15+ year relationship has included 9 Distributor of the Year awards.

Products and services

k-Space Associates, Inc.

In-situ thin film metrology

European sales partner.

Staib Instruments GmbH

Products for RHEED and surface analysis

UK & Ireland sales partner.

Thought for the month

"There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen" Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. 1870 – 1924


RTA Instruments Ltd
Back Lane,
Monks Eleigh
United Kingdom

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Friday 2 August 2013

Monomaths or polymaths?

Last month I visited Westminster Abbey, I viewed the tablet in memory of Thomas Young and walked on the stones covering the mortal remains of Isaac Newton. Not quite standing on the shoulders of giants but as close as I will ever get. Both Young and Newton were polymaths. I worry that we are in an age of over concentration on monomaths. Specialists have the time and focus to drill down to establish new scientific knowledge but are we creating silos, imposing barriers and missing opportunities? Whilst the depth and complexity of modern science probably precludes recreating the historical polymath the development of human thought is not the sole preserve of the specialist. Innovations often come from a fresh eye from another discipline. For example, the marriage of physics and biology showed how nerves work and DNA is structured. Are we in an age of overly preaching intellectual monogamy when we would all benefit from a dose of intellectual polygamy?

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