Richard Pogge

Richard Pogge

Richard Pogge

Professor and Vice Chair for Instrumentation

614 292-0274

4059 McPherson Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Nebular Abundances
  • Extrasolar Planets


  • Ph.D. 1988, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California Santa Cruz
  • M.S. 1985, Astronomy, University of California Santa Cruz
  • B.S. 1983, Physics, California Institute of Technology

Prof. Pogge came to OSU as a postdoc in 1989 and joined the faculty in 1992. He is a co-discoverer of the Narrow Line Seyfert 1 subclass of AGN and did early work on the ionization morphology of active galactic nuclei. In recent years, Prof. Pogge led the building and commissioning of Ohio State’s twin multi-object optical spectrographs for the Large Binocular Telescope (MODS1 & MODS2), and has worked on every major instrument program at Ohio State since 1989. His current research interests are focused on understanding and revising the absolute metallicity calibration of HII regions in nearby and distant galaxies, a topic of crucial importance for understanding the chemical evolution and growth of galaxies over cosmic time, and he continues work on active galactic nuclei and exoplanets.