Dr. Dirk Pandel

Dr. Dirk Pandel

Associate Professor of Physics
PAD 249
Department of Physics
Tel: (616) 331-5042
Fax: (616) 331-3740
Email: [email protected]


  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2004)
  • M.S. University of California, Irvine (1998)
  • B.S., Humboldt University, Berlin (1996)

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2018 - Present.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2014  - 2018.
  • Visiting Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, 2010  - 2014.
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar,  The University of Iowa, 2006-2009.
  • Research and Teaching Assistant,  University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998-2005.


  • PHY 105: Astronomy
  • PHY 220/221:  General Physics I & II
  • PHY 230/231: Principles of Physics I & II
  • PHY 320: Optics
  • PHY 330: Classical Mechanics.

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, Rapid Flaring in the Galactic-plane Gamma-ray Transient Fermi J0035+6131, Astrophysical Journal, 862, 83 (2018).
  2. D. Pandel, Unidentified Fermi LAT Transients Near The Galactic Plane, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1792, 040037 (2017).
  3. D. Pandel, Investigating the X-ray Emission from the Galactic TeV Gamma-ray Source MGRO J1908+06, Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015), 743 (2015).
  4. D. Pandel, R. Scott, Multi-wavelength Studies of the Gamma-ray Pulsar PSR J1907+0602, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1505, 329-332 (2012).
  5. 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).
  6. D. Pandel, F. Córdova, K. Mason, W. Priedhorsky, X-ray Observations of the Boundary Layer in Dwarf Novae at Low Accretion Rates, Astrophysical Journal, 626, 396-410 (2005).
  7. D. Pandel, F. Córdova, Irregular Mass Transfer in the Polars VV Pup and V393 Pav during the Low State, Astrophysical Journal, 620, 416-421 (2005).
  8. D. Pandel, F. Córdova, S. Howell, X-ray and Ultraviolet Observations of the Dwarf Nova VW Hyi in Quiescence, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 346, 1231-1241 (2003).
  9. D. Pandel, F. Córdova, XMM-Newton Observes Flaring in the Polar UZ For during a Low State, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 336, 1049-1055 (2002).
  10. D. Pandel, F. Córdova, 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 Society332, 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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