Kate Randall

Kate Randall

I am a final-year PhD candidate in the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA),
School of Physics, The University of Sydney. and
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), where I work with Andrew Hopkins, Ray Norris and Elaine Sadler.. I'm due to submit my thesis in early January, with the tentative title "The evolution of young radio sources and the milliJansky radio source population."

One of the best things about studying astronomy or astrophysics is visiting telescopes. I've had many wonderful visits to the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), and also several visits to the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). There are some pictures I took from my telescope visits under Other. As you can see, my favourite time to take pictures was sunrise or sunset.

Another great thing about my chosen career path is travelling! I've been to China for the Starburst-AGN Connection Conference in 2008, and also the IAU XXVII General Assembly held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009. I recently attended the 219th AAS Meeting in January in Austin, Texas, and gave a successful thesis dissertation oral presentation.

Student Member since 2007, Astronomical Society of Australia
Junior Member since Sept. 2011, American Astronomical Society

Research that interests me:

  • CSS and GPS sources
  • Spectral index properties of faint radio sources
  • Determining the dominant energy process of radio sources: AGN activity or star formation?
  • Ultra steep-spectrum sources and high redshift radio galaxies
  • The faint radio source populations - AGN, Star-forming galaxies, or composite objects?