Steven R Cranmer
Research Interests: Solar and stellar astrophysics, acceleration of the solar wind, turbulence and kinetic plasma physics in stellar environments.
Cranmer is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), working in the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division. He is also affiliated with the CfA's Theoretical Astrophysics Division, he is an Associate Senior Member of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC), and he is a Harvard University Lecturer on Astronomy.
In his research he studies the hot, expanding outer atmospheres of the Sun and other stars. Using both theoretical models and observations, scientists are able to infer a great deal about the physical principles underlying these distant objects, adding to our knowledge of how the universe works as a whole. Understanding the Sun and its atmosphere is also a necessary precursor to being able to predict the Sun's long-term effects on the Earth's climate and local space environment.
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