Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Richard Frazin
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Richard A. Frazin

Associate Research Scientist

Office: 1411C SRB
Phone: 647-9689
Fax: 647-3083


Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison 


I have always been fascinated by how scientists learn about the Universe.  After all, no one  can measure the  temperature in the center of a star or see subatomic particles.  This curiosity about the scientific learning process naturally led me to questions about the information content of various types of data.  In particular, I have been researching issues that involve retrieving 3D (and more D) information from many types of 2D images of the Sun.  Recently, I have become fascinated with the problem of directly imaging planets around other stars.  This is an extraordinarily challenging problem because the star will outshine any of its planets by a factor of at least one million, and achieving this goal requires advances in cutting edge optical technologies.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Instrumentation for direct imaging of exoplanets
  • 3D diagnostics of solar plasmas with mutli-spacecraft/multi-wavelength data
Updated: 2018-11-28