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


Richard Frazin
[ Download CV ]

Richard A. Frazin

Associate Research Scientist

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


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


I have always been fascinated by how scientists learn about the Universe we all share.  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, making the problem somewhat akin to trying to read street signs when driving at night into somebody's headlights with a really dirty windshield.   

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Image Processing for Solar Physics
  • Statistical signal processing for Exoplanet Detection
  • Tomographic Reconstruction of the 3D solar corona from mutli-spacecraft/multi-wavelength data



  1. Frazin, RA., ``Utilization of the Wavefront Sensor and Short-exposure Images for Simultaneous Estimation of Quasi-static Aberration and Exoplanet Intensity,'' The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 767, article id. 21 (2013).
  2. Nuevo, F.A., Huang, Z., Frazin, R., Manchester, W.B. IV, Jin, M., Vásquez, A.M., ``Evolution of the Global Temperature Structure of the Solar Corona during the Minimum between Solar Cycles 23 and 24,''  The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 773, article id. 9 (2013).
  3. Frazin, RA., ``Coronal Mass Ejection Reconstruction from Three Viewpoints via Simulation Morphing. I. Theory and Examples,'' The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 761, article id. 24 (2012).
  4. Frazin, R.A.,  Vásquez, A.M., Thompson, W.T., Hewett, R.J., Lamy, P., Llebaria, A., Vourlidas, A., Burkepile, J., ``Intercomparison of the LASCO-C2, SECCHI-COR1, SECCHI-COR2, and Mk4 Coronagraphs,'' Solar Physics, vol. 280, pp. 273-293 (2012).
  5. Huang, Z., Frazin, R.A., Landi, E., Manchester, W.B., Vásquez, A.M., Gombosi, T.I., ``Newly Discovered Global Temperature Structures in the Quiet Sun at Solar Minimum,'' \emph{The Astrophysical Journal}, vol. 755, article id. 86 (2012).
  6. Shearer, P., Frazin, R.A., Hero, A.O. III, Gilbert, A.C., ``The First Stray Light Corrected EUV Images of Solar Coronal Holes," \emph{The Astrophysical Journal Letters}, vol. 749, article id. L8, (2012).
Updated: 2014-09-18