Benjamin Chandran

Phone: (603) 862-2255
Office: Physics, Morse Hall Rm 242, Durham, NH 03824
Benjamin D. G. Chandran

Professor Chandran received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1997. His research is in the areas of theoretical plasma physics and theoretical astrophysics, particularly problems at the interface between these two fields. His main interests are plasma turbulence, the role of turbulence in the solar corona and other astrophysical settings, and the evolution of baryonic matter in clusters of galaxies. He has also worked on cosmic-ray propagation, particle acceleration at shocks, and the origin of astrophysical magnetic fields. His research program is supported by grants from NASA, NSF, and DOE, and offers research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.


  • Ph.D., Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
  • M.A., Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
  • B.A., Physics, Yale University
  • B.A., History, Yale University

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 407J: General Physics Review I
  • PHYS 408: General Physics II Recitation
  • PHYS 944: Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Klein, K. G., Spence, H., Alexandrova, O., Argall, M., Arzamasskiy, L., Bookbinder, J., . . . Zweibel, E. (2023). HelioSwarm: A Multipoint, Multiscale Mission to Characterize Turbulence. Space Science Reviews, 219(8). doi:10.1007/s11214-023-01019-0

Walters, J., Klein, K. G., Lichko, E., Stevens, M. L., Verscharen, D., & Chandran, B. D. G. (2023). The Effects of Nonequilibrium Velocity Distributions on Alfvén Ion-cyclotron Waves in the Solar Wind. The Astrophysical Journal, 955(2), 97. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/acf1fa

Ko, Y. -K., Chandran, B. D. G., Cranmer, S. R., DeForest, C. E., Gardner, L., Laming, J. M., . . . Wilson, M. (n.d.). Spectroscopy in the Middle Corona: Probing the Kinetic Processes in the Nascent Solar Wind and Solar Energetic Particle Production. Vol. 55, Issue 3 (Heliophysics 2024 Decadal Whitepapers). doi:10.3847/25c2cfeb.1ab960fd

Halekas, J. S., Bale, S. D., Berthomier, M., Chandran, B. D. G., Drake, J. F., Kasper, J. C., . . . Whittlesey, P. (2023). Quantifying the Energy Budget in the Solar Wind from 13.3 to 100 Solar Radii. The Astrophysical Journal, 952(1), 26. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/acd769

Sioulas, N., Velli, M., Huang 黄, Z. 泽., Shi 时, C. 辰., Bowen, T. A., Chandran, B. D. G., . . . Bonnell, J. W. (2023). On the Evolution of the Anisotropic Scaling of Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence in the Inner Heliosphere. The Astrophysical Journal, 951(2), 141. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/acc658

Kasper, J. C., Bale, S. D., Belcher, J. W., Berthomier, M., Case, A. W., Chandran, B. D. G., . . . Schwadron, N. A. (2019). Alfvenic velocity spikes and rotational flows in the near-Sun solar wind. NATURE, 576(7786), 228-+. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1813-z

Bale, S. D., Goetz, K., Harvey, P. R., Turin, P., Bonnell, J. W., Dudok de Wit, T., . . . Wygant, J. R. (2016). The FIELDS Instrument Suite for Solar Probe Plus. SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS, 204(1-4), 49-82. doi:10.1007/s11214-016-0244-5

Kasper, J. C., Abiad, R., Austin, G., Balat-Pichelin, M., Bale, S. D., Belcher, J. W., . . . Zank, G. (2016). Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) Investigation: Design of the Solar Wind and Coronal Plasma Instrument Suite for Solar Probe Plus. SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS, 204(1-4), 131-186. doi:10.1007/s11214-015-0206-3

Chandran, B. D. G., Li, B., Rogers, B. N., Quataert, E., & Germaschewski, K. (2010). PERPENDICULAR ION HEATING BY LOW-FREQUENCY ALFVEN-WAVE TURBULENCE IN THE SOLAR WIND. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 720(1), 503-515. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/720/1/503

Chandran, B. D. G., & Cowley, S. C. (1998). Thermal Conduction in a Tangled Magnetic Field. Physical Review Letters, 80(14), 3077-3080. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.80.3077

Most Cited Publications