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.

Cranmer, S. R., and Molnar, M. E. 2023, "Magnetohydrodynamic Mode Conversion in the Solar Corona: Insights from Fresnel-like Models of Waves at Sharp Interfaces," Astrophys. J.,955, 68.

Lattimer, A. S., and Cranmer, S. R. 2021, "An Updated Formalism for Line-Driven Radiative Acceleration and Implications for Stellar Mass Loss," Astrophys. J.,910, 48.

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.