Science: first author

  1. The intervelocity of galaxy pairs in  ΛCDM — The observed velocity peak at ~130 km/s is not unique to MOND; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Kosuke Jamie Kanehisa, Salvatore Taibi, Pengfei Li; 2022, A&A, 664, L6.
  2. On the Effect of the Large Magellanic Cloud on the Orbital Poles of Milky Way Satellite GalaxiesMarcel S. Pawlowski, Pierre-Antoine Oria, Salvatore Taibi, Benoit Famaey, Rodrigo Ibata; 2022, ApJ, 932, 70.
  3. It’s time for some plane speaking; Marcel S. Pawlowski, 2021, Nature Astronomy, 5, 1185, invited comment, SharedIt link:
  4. On the Co-Orbitation of Satellite Galaxies Along the Great Plane of Andromeda: NGC 147, NGC 185, and Expectations from Cosmological SimulationsMarcel S. Pawlowski and Sangmo Tony Sohn, 2021, ApJ, 923, 42.
  5. Phase-Space Correlations Among Systems of Satellite Galaxies; Marcel S. Pawlowski, 2021, Galaxies 9(3), 66; (invited review for special issue Challenges in Our Understanding of Dwarf Galaxies, edited by Yanbin Yang and Behnam Javanmardi).
  6. The Milky Way’s Disk of Classical Satellite Galaxies in Light of Gaia DR2; Marcel S. Pawlowski and Pavel Kroupa; 2020, MNRAS, 491, 3042.
  7. Do halos that form early, have high concentration, are part of a pair, or contain a central galaxy potential host more pronounced planes of satellite galaxies?Marcel S. Pawlowski, James S. Bullock, Tyler Kelley, Benoit Famaey; 2019, ApJ, 875, 105.
  8. The planes of satellite galaxies problem, suggested solutions, and open questions; Marcel S. Pawlowski; 2018, MPLA, 33, 1830004. [The first review on the planes of satellite galaxies problem.]
  9. The Lopsidedness of Satellite Galaxy Systems in ΛCDM simulations; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Rodrigo A. Ibata, James S. Bullock; 2017, ApJ, 850, 132.
  10. 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]
  11. The alignment of SDSS satellites with the VPOS: effects of the survey footprint shape; Marcel S. Pawlowski, 2016, MNRAS, 456, 448.
  12. On the persistence of two small-scale problems in ΛCDM; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Benoit Famaey, David Merritt & Pavel Kroupa; 2015, ApJ, 815, 19.
  13. 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.
  14. The Vast Polar Structure of the Milky Way Attains New Members; Marcel S. Pawlowski & Pavel Kroupa; 2014, ApJ, 790, 74.
  15. Co-orbiting Planes of Sub-halos are Similarly Unlikely around Paired and Isolated Hosts; Marcel S. Pawlowski & Stacy S. McGaugh; 2014, ApJL, 789, 24.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The rotationally stabilized VPOS and predicted proper motions of the Milky Way satellite galaxies; Marcel S. Pawlowski & Pavel Kroupa.; 2013, MNRAS, 435, 2116.
  19. Dwarf Galaxy Planes: the discovery of symmetric structures in the Local Group; Marcel S. Pawlowski, Pavel Kroupa, Helmut Jerjen; 2013, MNRAS, 435, 1928.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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. New dwarf galaxy candidates in the sphere of influence of the Local Volume spiral galaxy NGC2683, E. Crosby, H. Jerjen, O. Müller, M. Pawlowski, M. Mateo, M. Dirnberger, 2023, accepted for publication in MNRAS; arXiv:2303.03718
  2. Classifying the satellite plane membership of Centaurus A’s dwarf galaxies using orbital alignment constraints; K. J. Kanehisa, M. S. Pawlowski, O. Müller, S. T. Sohn, 2023, MNRAS, 519, 6184.
  3. The accretion history of the Milky Way. I. How it shapes globular clusters and dwarf galaxies; F. Hammer, H. Li, G. A. Mamon, M. S.  Pawlowski, P. Bonifacio, Y. Jiao, H. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Yang, 2023, MNRAS, 519, 5059.
  4. Incorporating baryon-driven contraction of dark matter halos in rotation curve fits; P. Li, S. S. McGaugh, F. Lelli, J. M. Schombert, M. S. Pawlowski, 2022, A&A, 665, A143.
  5. 3D hydrodynamic simulations for the formation of the Local Group satellite planes; I. Banik, I. Thies, R. Truelove, G. Candlish, B. Famaey, M. S. Pawlowski, R. Ibata, P. Kroupa, 2022, MNRAS, 513, 129.
  6. An extended stellar halo discovered in the Fornax dwarf spheroidal using Gaia EDR3; Y. Yang, F. Hammer, Y. Jiao, M. Pawlowski, 2022, MNRAS, 512, 4171.
  7. The Cen A galaxy group: dynamical mass and missing baryons; O. Müller, F. Lelli, B. Famaey, M. S. Pawlowski, K. Fahrion, M. Rejkuba, M. Hilker, H. Jerjen, 2022, A&A, 662, A57.
  8. Gaia EDR3 proper motions of Milky Way dwarfs. II: Velocities, Total Energy and Angular Momentum; F. Hammer, J. Wang, M. S. Pawlowski, Y. Yang, P. Bonifacio, H. Li, C. Babusiaux, F. Arenou, 2021, ApJ, 922, 93.
  9. The phantom dark matter halos of the Local Volume in the context of modified Newtonian dynamics; P. -A. Oria, B. Famaey, G. F.  Thomas, R. Ibata, J. Freundlich, L. Posti, M. Korsaga, G. Monari, O. Müller, N. I. Libeskind, M. S. Pawlowski, 2021, ApJ, 923, 68.
  10. The Baryonic Tully-Fisher Relation in the Local Group and the Equivalent Circular Velocity of Pressure Supported Dwarfs; S. McGaugh, F. Lelli, J. Schombert, P. Li, T. Visgaitis, K. Parker, M. Pawlowski, 2021, AJ, 162, 202.
  11. Tracing satellite planes in the Sculptor group: I. Discovery of three faint dwarf galaxies around NGC 253; D. Martinez-Delgado, D. Makarov, B. Javanmardi, M. S. Pawlowski, L. Makarova, G. Donatiello, D. Lang, J. Roman, K. Vivas, J. A. Carballo-Bello, 2021, A&A, 652, 48.
  12. The lopsided distribution of satellites of isolated central galaxies; P. Wang, N. I. Libeskind, M. S. Pawlowski, X. Kang, W. Wang, Q. Guo, E. Tempel, 2021, ApJ, 914, 78.
  13. Gaia EDR3 proper motions of Milky Way dwarfs I: 3D Motions and Orbits; H. Li, F. Hammer, C. Babusiaux, M. S. Pawlowski, Y. Yang, F. Arenou, C. Du, J. Wang, 2021, ApJ, 916, 8.
  14. On the absence of backsplash analogues to NGC 3109 in the ΛCDM framework; I. Banik, M. Haslbauer, M. S. Pawlowski, B. Famaey, P. Kroupa, 2021,  MNRAS, 503, 6170.
  15. The coherent motion of Cen A dwarf satellite galaxies remains a challenge for  ΛCDM cosmology; O. Müller,  M. S. Pawlowski,  F. Lelli,  K. Fahrion,  M. Rejkuba,  M. Hilker,  J. Kanehisa, N. Libeskind,  H. Jerjen, 2021, A&A Letters, 645, 5.
  16. The properties of dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the Cen A group: Stellar populations, internal dynamics, and a heart-shaped Halpha ring; O. Müller, K. Fahrion, M. Rejkuba, M. Hilker, F. Lelli, K. Lutz, M. S. Pawlowski, L. Coccato, G. S. Anand, H. Jerjen, 2021, A&A, 645, 92.
  17. The Hestia project: simulations of the Local Group; N. I. Libeskind et al. (including M. S. Pawlowski), 2020, MNRAS, 498, 2968.
  18. The alignment of satellite systems with cosmic filaments in the SDSS DR12; P. Wang, N. I. Libeskind, E. Tempel, M. S. Pawlowski, X. Kang, Q. Guo, 2020, ApJ, 900, 129.
  19. An updated detailed characterization of planes of satellites in the MW and M31; I. M. Santos-Santos, R. Domínguez-Tenreiro, M. S. Pawlowski, 2020, MNRAS, 499, 3755.
  20. Metal-poor nuclear star clusters in two dwarf galaxies near Centaurus A suggesting formation from the in-spiraling of globular clusters; K. Fahrion, O. Müller, M. Rejkuba, M. Hilker, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, I. Y. Georgiev, F. Lelli, M. S. Pawlowski, H. Jerjen, 2020, A&A, 634, 53.
  21. The Orbital Histories of Magellanic Satellites Using Gaia DR2 Proper Motions; E. Patel, N. Kallivayalil, N. Garavito-Camargo, G. Besla, D. R.  Weisz, R. P. van der Marel, M. Boylan-Kolchin, M. S. Pawlowski, F. A.  Gómez, 2020, ApJ, 893, 121.
  22. Sardinia Radio Telescope observations of Local Group dwarf galaxies — I. The cases of NGC6822, IC1613, and WLM; A. Tarchi, P. Castangia, G. Surcis, A. Brunthaler, C. Henkel, M. Pawlowski, K. M. Menten, A. Melis, S. Casu, M. Murgia, A. Trois, R. Concu, J. Darling, 2019, MNRAS, 492, 45.
  23. The halo mass function of late-type galaxies from HI kinematics; P. Li, F. Lelli, S. McGaugh, M. S. Pawlowski, M. A. Zwaan, J. Schombert, 2019, ApJ Letters,  886, L11.
  24. The orientation of planes of dwarf galaxies in the quasi-linear Universe; N.I. Libeskind, E. Carlesi, O. Muller, M. S. Pawlowski, Y. Hoffman, D. Pomarede, H. M. Courtois, R. B. Tully, S. Gottloeber, M. Steinmetz, J. Sorce, A. Knebe, 2019, MNRAS, 490, 3786.
  25. The dwarf galaxy satellite system of Centaurus A; O. Müller, M. Rejkuba, M. S. Pawlowski, R. Ibata, F. Lelli, M. Hilker, H. Jerjen, 2019, A&A, 629A, 18.
  26. The Origin of Lopsided Satellite Galaxy Distribution in Galaxy Pairs; C. C. Gong, N. I. Libeskind, E. Tempel, Q. Guo, S. Gottloeber, G. Yepes, P. Wang, J. Sorce, M. Pawlowski, 2019, MNRAS, 488, 3100.
  27. Characterizing the Infall Times and Quenching Timescales of Milky Way Satellites with Gaia Proper Motions; S. P. Fillingham, M. C. Cooper, T. Kelley, M. K. Rodriguez Wimberly, M. Boylan-Kolchin, J. S. Bullock, S. Garrison-Kimmel, M. S. Pawlowski, C. Wheeler, 2019, arXiv:1906.04180, submitted to MNRAS.
  28. The Magellanic System: the puzzle of the leading gas stream; T. Tepper-García; J. Bland-Hawthorn, M. S. Pawlowski, T. K. Fritz, 2019, MNRAS, 488, 918.
  29. Phat ELVIS: The inevitable effect of the Milky Way’s disk on its dark matter subhaloes; T. Kelley, J. S. Bullock, S. Garrison-Kimmel, M. Boylan-Kolchin, M. S. Pawlowski, A. S. Graus, 2019, MNRAS, 487, 4409.
  30. Gaia DR2 Proper Motions of Dwarf Galaxies within 420 kpc: Orbits, Milky Way Mass, Tidal Influences, Planar Alignments, and Group Infall; T. K. Fritz, G. Battaglia, M.S. Pawlowski, N. Kallivayalil, R. van der Marel, T. S. Sohn, C. Brook, G. Besla, 2018, A&A, 619, A103.
  31. On the radial acceleration relation of ΛCDM satellite galaxies; Enrico Garaldi, Emilio Romano-Díaz, Cristiano Porciani, Marcel S. Pawlowski, 2018, Physical Review Letters, 120, 261301.
  32. A whirling plane of satellite galaxies around Centaurus A challenges cold dark matter cosmology; Oliver Müller, Marcel S. Pawlowski, Helmut Jerjen & Federico Lelli; 2018, Science, Vol. 359, Issue 6375, pp. 534-537. [Our article made the cover of this Science issue.]
  33. 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.
  34. Testing the two planes of satellites in the Centaurus Group; Oliver Müller, Helmut Jerjen, Marcel S. Pawlowski, Bruno Binggeli; 2016, A&A, 595, 119.
  35. 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.
  36. Beyond ΛCDM: Problems, solutions, and the road ahead; Bull, P.; Akrami, Y.; and 38 co-authors including Pawlowski, M.S., 2016, PDU, 12, 56.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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,  proceedings, white papers

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.