Kaja Rotermund

MSc candidate

Email: Kaja@dal.ca
Mailing Address: 
6310 Coburg Rd. PO BOX 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Why Dal?

For the "small school" relationships with classmates and professors, and the "large school" research opportunities.

What inspires me

Studying cosmology and the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at Dal has given me the incredible opportunity not only to study luminous star-forming galaxies in the early universe (~500 million years after the Big Bang) but, as a visiting student at Berkeley, also to design, fabricate, and test new superconducting circuit elements that are instrumental in selecting the appropriate frequencies to map the CMB. These new detectors are the most sensitive means we have in detecting subtle deviations of the CMB, hopefully leading to the verification of inflation theory.

Labs & research groups

  • Current master's student of Dr. Scott Chapman
  • Visiting Research Student at UC Berkeley
  • Four year volunteer at the Physics Fun Discovery Days outreach program


  • J.S. Spilker, D.P. Marrone, et al. (co-author) “The rest-frame submillimeter spectrum of high-redshift, dusty, star-forming galaxies,” submitted.
  • P.I. Palmer, M. Parrington, J.D. Lee, et al. (co-author) “Quantifying the impact of BOReal forest fires on Tropospheric oxidants over the Atlantic using Aircraft and Satellites (BORTAS) experiment: design, execution and science overview,” Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13 (13), 6239-6261 (2013).

Awards, honours, conferences

  • NSERC CGS M - 09/2013-09/2014
  • NSERC USRA - 05/2013-09/2013
  • “Cluster-lensed, Dusty Star-Forming Galaxy SMG05 discovered with the South Pole Telescope,” Atlantic Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Conference, February 2013, Université de Moncton, N.B. (oral presentation)
  • “Detecting Dusty High-Redshift Galaxies at 850 um with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope,” Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC), October 2012, University of British Columbia, B.C. (oral presentation)
  • “BORTAS Campaign 2011 and Dalhousie LIDARs,” CUPC, October 2011, University of Saskatchewan, Sask. (oral presentation - first prize in Atmospheric Science category for best talk)