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Dr. Dirk Pandel

Visiting Professor of Physics

MAK B-4-221
Department of Physics
Tel: 616-331-5042
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  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2004)
  • M.S. University of California, Irvine (1998)
  • B.S., Humboldt University, Berlin (1996)

Professional Experience
  • Visiting Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2010  - Present.
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar,  The University of Iowa, 2006-2009.
  • Research and Teaching Assistant,  University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998-2005.

  • PHY 220 General Physics I Lab, Fall 2010.
  • PHY 234 Lab, Fall 2010.
  • PHY 105 Lab. Fall 2010.

Research Interest

My research is in the area of observational high-energy astrophysics. I use satellite-borne and ground-based instruments for the detection of X-rays and gamma rays to study black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs, and other extreme objects in the universe.
Selected Publications
  1. D. Pandel, P. Kaaret, S. Corbel, Relativistic Iron Line Emission from the Neutron Star Low-mass X-Ray Binary 4U 1636-536, Astrophysical Journal, 688, 1288-1294 (2008).
  2. D. Pandel, F. CÃrdova, K. Mason, W. Priedhorsky, X-ray Observations of the Boundary Layer in Dwarf Novae at Low Accretion Rates, Astrophysical Journal, 626, 396410 (2005).
  3. D. Pandel, F. CÃrdova, Irregular Mass Transfer in the Polars VV Pup and V393 Pav during the Low State, Astrophysical Journal, 620, 416421 (2005).
  4. D. Pandel, F. CÃrdova, S. Howell, X-ray and Ultraviolet Observations of the Dwarf Nova VW Hyi in Quiescence, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 346, 12311241 (2003).
  5. D. Pandel, F. CÃrdova, XMM-Newton Observes Flaring in the Polar UZ For during a Low State, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 336, 10491055 (2002).
  6. D. Pandel, F. CÃrdova, R. Shirey, G. Ramsay, M. Cropper, K. Mason, R. Much, D. Kilkenny, First XMM-Newton observations of strongly magnetic cataclysmic variables - II. Timing studies of DP Leo and WW Horâ, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 332, 116-126 (2002).

Professional Service
  • Referee for the Astrophysical Journal.
  • Peer reviewer for Chandra, Swift, and Fermi Guest Investigator Programs.
  • Professional Affiliations: American Astronomical Society.
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