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Natalia Lewandowska

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Assistant Professor
Director of the Planetarium
Advisor to the Astronomy minors

Contact Information

239 Shineman Center
[email protected]

I am an Assistant Professor at the Physics Department at SUNY Oswego. The focus of my research is highly magnetized and quickly rotating neutron stars which are referred to as pulsars. Some of these stars emit their emission with a precision that exceeds the one of atomic clocks here on Earth. Being interested in how they generate their emission (how they shine) I am studying pulsars throughout large parts of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio wavelengths up to gamma-rays.  As an observational astronomer I use data taken with various telescopes which are ground- as well as space-based. I am a member of the NANOGrav as well as NICER Collaboration. As such I primarily work with radio, X-ray and gamma-ray data of pulsars.  If you want to learn more about both collaborations, feel free to look at the following links, or contact me by email:

One of my other passions is also educational outreach. As a postdoctoral fellow I became the project director for the Pulsar Science Collaboratory (PSC) which is an educational outreach project that gives middle and high school students at US schools the possibility to gain research experience by searching for new pulsars in radio data taken with the Green Bank Telescope. They learn with online workshops how to analyze that kind of data and actively contribute to the search for new millisecond pulsars that are used for the search for gravitational waves.

PSC Project:


N. Lewandowska, P. B. Demorest, M. A. McLaughlin, P. Kilian and T. H. Hankins
Single Pulse Dispersion Measure of the Crab Pulsar
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 935, Issue 84, arXiv:2207.04267

 W. Ho, ..., N. Lewandowska, ..., G. Vasilopoulos
Timing six energetic rotation-powered X-ray pulsars, including the fast-spinning young PSR J0058-7218 and Big Glitcher PSR J0537-6910
arXiv:2205.02865, accepted by the Astrophysical Journal

J.S. Hazboun, ..., N. Lewandowska, ..., A. Parthasarathy
A Detection of Red Noise in PSR J1824-2452A and Projections for PSR B1937+21 using NICER X-ray Timing Data
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 928, Issue 1, id.67, 11 pp.

H.M. Wahl, ..., N. Lewandowska, ..., W. Zhu
The NANOGrav 12.5-Year Data Set: Polarimetry, Rotation Measures, and Galactic Magnetic Field Strengths from NANOGrav Observations with the Green Bank Telescope
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 926, Issue 2, id.168, 24 pp.

T. Enoto, ..., N. Lewandowska, ..., S.J. Tanaka
Discovery of X-ray Enhancement Coinciding with Giant Radio Pulses from the Crab Pulsar
Science, Volume 372, Issue 6538, pp. 187-190

D. Rowan, ..., N. Lewandowska and the NICER Timing Group
A NICER View of Spectral and Profile Evolution for Three X-ray Emitting Millisecond Pulsars
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 892, Issue 2, id.150, arXiv:2001.11513

M.L. Ahnen, ..., N. Lewandowska, ... and the MAGIC Collaboration
Corresponding authors: N. Lewandowska, T. Saito
Statistics of VHE $\gamma$-rays in temporal association with radio giant pulses from the Crab pulsar
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 634, id.A25, 14 pp., arXiv:1911.00634

H. Blumer, ..., N. Lewandowska, ..., S. Au
The Pulsar Search Collaboratory: Current Status and Future Prospects
American Journal of Physics, 2020, 88. Jg., Nr. 1, S. 31-38.; arXiv:1909.05104

J. Deneva, ..., N. Lewandowska and the NICER Collaboration and the NANOGrav Collaboration\\
High-Precision X-ray Timing of Three Millisecond Pulsars with NICER: Stability Estimates and Comparison with Radio
The Astrophysics Journal, Volume 874, Issue 2, article id. 160, 13; arXiv:1902.07130

J. Aleksić, ..., N. Lewandowska and the MAGIC Collaboration
Teraelectronvolt pulsed emission from the Crab Pulsar detected by MAGIC
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 585, id.A133, 6 pp.

J. Aleksić, ..., N. Lewandowska and the MAGIC Collaboration
Measurement of the Crab Nebula spectrum over three decades in energy with the MAGIC telescopes
Journal of High Energy Astrophysics, Volume 5, p. 30-38

J. Aleksić, ..., N. Lewandowska and the MAGIC Collaboration
Detection of bridge emission above 50 GeV from the Crab pulsar with the MAGIC telescopes
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 565, id.L12, 5 pp.

J. Aleksić, ..., N. Lewandowska and the MAGIC Collaboration
The major upgrade of the MAGIC telescopes, Part II: The achieved physics performance using the Crab Nebula observations
Astroparticle Physics, Volume 72, p. 76-94, arXiv:1409.5594

J. Aleksić, ..., N. Lewandowska and the MAGIC Collaboration
The major upgrade of the MAGIC telescopes, Part I: The hardware improvements and the commissioning of the system
Astroparticle Physics, Volume 72, p. 61-75, arXiv:1409.6073

J. Aleksić, ..., N. Lewandowska and the MAGIC Collaboration
Phase-resolved energy spectra of the Crab pulsar in the range of 50-400 GeV measured with the MAGIC telescopes
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 540, id.A69, 6 pp.

H.M. Günther, N. Lewandowska, M.P. G. Hundertmark, H. Steinle, J. H.M.M. Schmitt, D. Buckley, S. Crawford, D.O' Donoghue, P. Vaisanen
The absence of sub-minute periodicity in classical T-Tauri stars
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 518, id.A54, 8 pp.


  • PhD in Physics (2015) - University of Würzburg in Germany
  • Diploma in Physics (2010) - University of Hamburg in Germany


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Swarthmore College (2021 - 2022)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Haverford College (2020 - 2021)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at West Virginia University (2018 - 2020)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Green Bank Observatory (2016 - 2018)