Steven Steve Cranmer
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies


D111 (Duane)
N218 (SPSC)

My research interests include solar and stellar astrophysics. Specifically, I study the heating and energization of particles in the solar corona, the acceleration of the solar wind, and waves and turbulence in all kinds of astrophysical plasmas. Understanding the hot, expanding outer atmosphere of the Sun is a necessary precursor to being able to predict the Sun's long-term effects on the Earth's climate and local space environment. Other research includes radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres, kinetic plasma physics, the dynamics of winds from rotating hot (O, B, Wolf-Rayet) stars, and nonradial stellar pulsations.

Selected Recent Publications:

Cranmer, S. R., and Winebarger, A. N. 2019, "The Properties of the Solar Corona and Its Connection to the Solar Wind," Annual Rev. Astron. Astrophys., 57, 157-187.

Van Kooten, S. J., and Cranmer, S. R. 2017, "Characterizing the Motion of Solar Magnetic Bright Points at High Resolution," ApJ, 850, 64.

Schiff, A. J., and Cranmer, S. R. 2016, "Explaining Inverted-temperature Loops in the Quiet Solar Corona with Magnetohydrodynamic Wave-mode Conversion" ApJ, 831, 10.