After completing A-levels in Maths, Physics and Electronics at Bilborough College, Nottingham, I moved to Cardiff in 2012 to work towards an MPhys in Astrophysics. One year in, I was fortunate enough to acquire a summer research position in the Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) and I’m still there now.
Through my participation in a variety of summer/undergrad research projects, I have gained insight into several areas of interest for the AIG including, but not limited to:
- Metal-mesh filters for sub-millimeter astronomy
- Fourier transform spectroscopy
- Bolometric detectors
Once my undergraduate degree was complete, in 2016, I decided to pursue a PhD focused on a relatively new type of detectors called Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs) and how to pair them with filtering structures to observe multiple frequencies simultaneously. This is a fundamental requirement of future experiments designed to observe the afterglow of the big bang – the Cosmic Microwave Background. Such a project has allowed me to learn about:
- Microwave engineering
- On-chip filters
Currently, I am on track to submit my thesis by April 2020 and will be actively seeking employment around then.