Science: first author

  1. The Lopsidedness of Satellite Galaxy Systems in ΛCDM simulations; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Rodrigo A. Ibata, James S. Bullock; 2017, Astrophysical Journal in press, arXiv:1710.07639.
  2. Considerations on how to investigate planes of satellite galaxiesMarcel S. Pawlowski, Jörg Dabringhausen, Benoit Famaey, Hector Flores, François Hammer, Gerhard Hensler, Rodrigo A. Ibata, Pavel Kroupa, Geraint F. Lewis, Noam I. Libeskind, Stacy S. McGaugh, David Merritt, Mathieu Puech, Yanbin Yang; 2017, Astronomische Nachrichten, 338, 854. [selected editor’s choice, journal issue’s cover picture from this paper].
  3. The alignment of SDSS satellites with the VPOS: effects of the survey footprint shape; Marcel S. Pawlowski, 2016, MNRAS, 456, 448.
  4. On the persistence of two small-scale problems in ΛCDM; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Benoit Famaey, David Merritt & Pavel Kroupa; 2015, ApJ, 815, 19.
  5. The new Milky Way satellites: alignment with the VPOS and predictions for proper motions and velocity dispersions; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Stacy S. McGaugh & Helmut Jerjen; 2015, MNRAS, 453, 1047.
  6. The Vast Polar Structure of the Milky Way Attains New Members; Marcel S. Pawlowski & Pavel Kroupa; 2014, ApJ, 790, 74.
  7. Co-orbiting Planes of Sub-halos are Similarly Unlikely around Paired and Isolated Hosts; Marcel S. Pawlowski & Stacy S. McGaugh; 2014, ApJL, 789, 24.
  8. Co-orbiting satellite galaxy structures are still in conflict with the distribution of primordial dwarf galaxies; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Benoit Famaey, Helmut Jerjen, David Merritt, Pavel Kroupa, Jörg Dabringhausen, Fabian Lüghausen, Duncan A. Forbes, Gerhard Hensler, François Hammer, Mathieu Puech, Sylvain Fouquet, Hector Flores, Yanbin Yang; 2014, MNRAS, 442, 2362.
  9. Perseus I and the NGC 3109 association in the context of the Local Group dwarf galaxy structures; Marcel S. Pawlowski & Stacy S. McGaugh; 2014, MNRAS, 440, 908.
  10. The rotationally stabilized VPOS and predicted proper motions of the Milky Way satellite galaxies; Marcel S. Pawlowski & Pavel Kroupa.; 2013, MNRAS, 435, 2116.
  11. Dwarf Galaxy Planes: the discovery of symmetric structures in the Local Group; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Pavel Kroupa, Helmut Jerjen; 2013, MNRAS, 435, 1928.
  12. Filamentary accretion cannot explain the orbital poles of the Milky Way satellites; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Pavel Kroupa, Garry Angus, Klaas S. de Boer, Benoit Famaey, Gerhard Hensler.; 2012, MNRAS, 424, 80.
  13. The VPOS: a vast polar structure of satellite galaxies, globular clusters and streams around the Milky Way; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Jan Pflamm-Altenburg, Pavel Kroupa; 2012, MNRAS, 423, 1109. A MOVIE showing the VPOS can be found on YouTube.
  14. Making Counter-Orbiting Tidal Debris: The Origin of the Milky Way Disc of Satellites; M. S. Pawlowski, P. Kroupa, K. S. de Boer; 2012, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 532, A118.  MOVIES can be found on my institute website.


Science: co-authored

  1. One Law to Rule Them All: The Radial Acceleration Relation of Galaxies; Federico Lelli, Stacy S. McGaugh, Jim M. Schombert, Marcel S. Pawlowski; 2017, ApJ, 836, 152.
  2. Testing the two planes of satellites in the Centaurus Group; Oliver Müller, Helmut Jerjen, Marcel S. Pawlowski, Bruno Binggeli; 2016, A&A, 595, 119.
  3. The Relation between Stellar and Dynamical Surface Densities in the Central Regions of Disk Galaxies; Federico Lelli, Stacy S. McGaugh, Jim Schombert, Marcel S. Pawlowski; 2016, ApJ Letters, 827, 19.
  4. Beyond ΛCDM: Problems, solutions, and the road ahead; Bull, P.; Akrami, Y.; and 38 co-authors including Pawlowski, M.S., 2016, PDU, 12, 56.
  5. Young tidal dwarf galaxies cannot be used to probe dark matter in galaxies; Hector Flores, Francois Hammer, Sylvain Fouquet, Mathieu Puech, Pavel Kroupa, Yanbin Yang, Marcel S. Pawlowski; 2016, MNRAS, 457L, 14.
  6. Reproducing properties of MW dSphs as descendants of DM-free TDGs; Yanbin Yang, Francois Hammer, Sylvain Fouquet, Hector Flores, Mathieu Puech, Marcel S. Pawlowski, Pavel Kroupa; 2014, MNRAS, 442, 2419.
  7. The vast thin plane of M31 co-rotating dwarfs: an additional fossil signature of the M31 merger and of its considerable impact in the whole Local Group; Hammer, F.; Yang, Y.; Fouquet, S.; Pawlowski, M. S.; Kroupa, P.; Puech, M.; Flores, H.; Wang, J., 2013, MNRAS, 431, 3543.
  8. The Failures of the Standard Model of Cosmology Require a New Paradigm; Pavel Kroupa, Marcel S. Pawlowski, Mordehai Milgrom; 2012, International Journal of Modern Physics D, Volume 21, Issue 14, id. 1230003.
  9. Evidence for top-heavy stellar initial mass functions with increasing density and decreasing metallicity; Michael Marks, Pavel Kroupa, Jörg Dabringhausen, Marcel S. Pawlowski; 2012, MNRAS, 422, 2246.
  10. Local-Group tests of dark-matter Concordance Cosmology: Towards a new paradigm for structure formation; Pavel Kroupa, Benoit Famaey, Klaas S. de Boer, Jörg Dabringhausen, Marcel S. Pawlowski, Christian M. Boily, Helmut Jerjen, Duncan Forbes, Gerhard Hensler, Manuel Metz; 2010, A&A, 523, A32.

Science: non-refereed comments and proceedings

  • Does the existence of a plane of satellites constrain properties of the Milky Way?; Marcel S. Pawlowski, 2017, Proceedings of the 2017 annual meeting of the French Astronomical Society (SF2A), Edited by C. Reylé, P. Di Matteo, F. Herpin, E. Lagadec, A. Lançon, F. Royer.
  • The impact of Gaia on our understanding of the Vast Polar Structure of the Milky Way; Marcel S. Pawlowski, 2017, Proceedings of the 2017 annual meeting of the French Astronomical Society (SF2A), Edited by C. Reylé, P. Di Matteo, F. Herpin, E. Lagadec, A. Lançon, F. Royer; arXiv:1710.09841.
  • Comment on “Evidence for dark matter in the inner Milky Way”; Stacy McGaugh, Federico Lelli, Marcel Pawlowski, Garry Angus, Olivier Bienaymé, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Erwin de Blok, Benoit Famaey, Filippo Fraternali, Ken Freeman, Gianfranco Gentile, Rodrigo Ibata, Pavel Kroupa, Fabian Lüghausen, Paul McMillan, David Merritt, Ivan Minchev, Giacomo Monari, Elena D’Onghia, Alice Quillen, Bob Sanders, Jerry Sellwood, Arnaud Siebert, Hongsheng Zhao, 2015, arXiv:1503.07813
  • The Vast Polar Structure of the Milky Way and Filamentary Accretion of Sub-Halos (arXiv); M. S. Pawlowski, 2015, Thirteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting: On Recent Developments in Theoretical  and Experimental General Relativity, Astrophysics and Relativistic Field  Theories, 1724 (Proceedings of a conference in Stockholm, Sweden, July 1-7 2012).
  • Counter-orbiting tidal debris as the origin of the MW DoS; M. S. Pawlowski; Proceeding (EPJ Web of Conferences, Volume 19, 2012, Assembling the Puzzle of the Milky Way).

Popular Science


  • “Das Kaffeetassen-Komplott”, novel (paperback, 160 pages, appeared in July 2002 at Libri-Bod, ISBN 3-8311-3809-5). Amazon, Bol, Libri.
  • “Die Frage”, short story, in „Mein Tisch ist eine Insel – Anthologie zum 16. Treffen Junger Autoren “ (edition lit.europe, 2002, 112 pages, paperback, ISBN 3-930126-16-8, sold out) My winning story at the annual competition of young German authors.