Kathryn finished her studies in theoretical physics in 2016 at the University of Sussex, and joined NPL soon after completing her PhD. In her first year at NPL she worked full time on a UK space agency project modelling time and frequency transfer processes in preparation for the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space mission (ACES). This involved writing code in mathematical software, Matlab, to analyse microwave link data to reconstruct time of flight and clock offset information. Since then she has been mathematically modelling aspects of the NPL Caesium fountain clock to help with determining its uncertainty budget with respect to the effects of Ramsey pulling and Distributed Cavity Phase Gradients. She is also involved with work modelling how earthquakes affect optical fibre cables. Kathryn is a member of the Institute of Physics.
Areas of interest
Kathryn sees herself as half an atomic physicist, half a mathematical physicist. She has a wide range of interests which leads her to tackle a diverse range of scientific problems. Her interests can be as broad as the nature of time itself, to more specific such as the effect of light shifts in the Caesium fountain clock. Although some of her interests can be quite fundamental, she particularly enjoys using theory to explain experimental results.