Institute of Astronomy

- Katherine Kauma


Office: Hoyle H26
Office Tel: (01223) 337511
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I study high-redshift (z>5) quasars using data from wide-field x-ray, optical, infrared, and radio surveys.  Quasars are the manifestations of matter accreting onto supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies.  As some of the most luminous objects in the universe, quasars can shine a light on the mysteries of the early universe, such as black hole and galaxy formation, as well as help constrain the period known as the Epoch of Reionization.  My research comprises high-redshift quasar searches, SED-fitting, and spectroscopic analysis.

I work with Prof. Richard McMahon in the extragalactic group.


PhD in Astronomy: Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (2022—present)

MASt. in Astrophysics: Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (2021—2022)

B.A. in Astronomy & Astrophysics: The Pennsylvania State University (2017—2021)

B.A. in Physics: The Pennsylvania State University (2017—2021)

Awards and Prizes

Gates-Cambridge Scholar (2022—present)

Pennsylvania State University Astronomy Student Marshal (2021)

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