Kate Pattle

About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher studying the early stages of star formation through both observation and modelling. I am currently working at the National University of Ireland Galway.

I study the collapse of molecular clouds to form the next generation of stars, primarily using continuum and spectroscopic observations taken at submillimetre and millimetre wavelengths with telescopes such as the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Submillimeter Array. My main area of research is the energy balance within star-forming regions, which I am currently investigating both observationally and through analytical modelling.

I am currently working on polarimetric observations of nearby molecular clouds as a member of the BISTRO (B-Fields in Star-forming Regions) survey, using the POL-2 polarimeter on the JCMT. My aim is to determine the magnetic field strength and direction in potentially star-forming cores in nearby molecular clouds. This will for the first time allow a determination of the full energy balance of a statistically-significant sample of star-forming cores.