Dr. Richard Plotkin

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 784-6508
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: physics
  • Research Fields: Black Holes, Accretion, Jets
  • Disciplines: Astronomy, Physical Sciences


I regularly mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the Physics department at UNR.


My research uses multiwavelength space- and ground-based observations to study black hole accretion and relativistic jets, over the full range of black hole masses and accretion rates (from quiescent to super-Eddington). My main research goal is to better understand the structure/geometry of accretion flows and outflows in different accretion regimes, in order to more effectively use radiation as a probe of Galactic and extragalactic black hole populations.