ABOUT Pavel Kroupa

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I am a Czech-born Australian citizen teaching and researching at the University of Bonn on dynamics and stellar populations. After studying physics at The University of Western Australia, Perth, I obtained my PhD from Cambridge University, UK, as an Isaac Newton Scholar at Trinity College. After spending eight years in Heidelberg I habilitated at the University of Kiel, Germany. I then took up a Heisenberg Fellowship and later accepted the position as a professor at Bonn University in 2004. I was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship (2007, Sheffield, UK) and a Swinburne Visiting Professorship (2007, Melbourne, Australia). My web-page: http://www.astro.uni-bonn.de/~pavel/
Pure innovative science can only truly thrive in non-hierarchical societies in which competition for resources is not extreme. Therefore I see the need for the German academic system to modernise (away from its hierarchies) and warn of academic systems that are based on an extreme competition for resources (USA), as these stifle the experimentation with new ideas.


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The Weizmann Experience: discussions on the future of cosmology

Posted 15 March 2016 by Pavel Kroupa

Together with Francoise Combes, who was recently appointed as a professor in the most prestigeous institution in France, Le College de France, and Benoit Famaey, who is an expert on Milgromian dynamics and its deeper foundations (e.g. Famaey & McGaugh 2012), we were invited by Mordehai (Moti) Milgrom to spend a whole week at the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics in the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. A link to the video (dubbed in English) of the inaugural lecture... Read more

The detection of gravitational waves, predictions, MOND and my visit to the Weizmann Institut in Rehovot, Israel

Posted 3 March 2016 by Pavel Kroupa

The announcement on Feb.11th, 2016, that gravitational waves have been detected is a sensation and it is indeed rather incredible to imagine that space-time is constantly wobbling with and around us all the time because of some cosmic events, as is expected to be the case in Einstein's theory of general relativity. Imagine a wave comes though and everything gets distorted. Obviously, we will not measure a change,  since also the ruler is distorted. So the way LIGO works is... Read more

First Workshop on Progress in Modelling Galaxy Formation and Evolution in Milgromian dynamics — first results achieved with the Phantom of Ramses (PoR) code

Posted 28 July 2015 by Pavel Kroupa

[Note: This web-page is being updated continuously: current status: 26.09.15] LOCATION and TIME: Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg, Universite de Strasbourg, CNRS UMR 7550, Sept. 21st - 25th 2015 Below are provided 1.BACKGROUND/MOTIVATION 2.HOW TO REGISTER 3.PARTICIPANTS 4.HOTELS 5.PROGRAMME 6.PHANTOM WIKI ORGANISERS: Benoit Famaey (Strasbourg) and Pavel Kroupa (Bonn) 1.BACKGROUND / MOTIVATION: Galaxy-scale data seem to be in accordance with the hypothesis that the extrapolation of Newtonian gravitation by orders of magnitude below the Solar system space-time curvature breaks down completely,... Read more

Can one say anything, even the most obviously wrong things, to discredit an alternative to the standard model? An incident: cosmology at CalTech

Posted 20 March 2015 by Pavel Kroupa

The answer to the question posed in the title is  "Apparently, and sadly, yes." In previous contributions we have blogged about sociological problems that arise when attempting to do research in non-standard cosmological frameworks (for example the attempt at closing down "The Dark Matter Crisis"). Early 2015 an incident occurred which is a contemporary example of this, but which may also possibly be a serious case of scientific misconduct. It appears to be an aggressive act in an attempt to discredit new... Read more

The Planck Results on the Cosmic Microwave Background

Posted 22 April 2013 by Pavel Kroupa

Guest contribution by Behnam Javanmardi Prologue by Pavel Kroupa: The much awaited Planck results on the CMB have been published recently. The results are consistent with those arrived at by using Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) measurements. This agreement is excellent news, because it means that the two missions are consistent and thus the Planck data enhance our confidence in what we know about the CMB. But, what do the results mean in terms of our physical understanding of the... Read more

A filament of dark matter between two clusters of galaxies: dark matter detected

Posted 5 July 2012 by Pavel Kroupa

We briefly comment on the paper by Dietrich, Werner, Clowe et al. on "A filament of dark matter between two clusters of galaxies " which is now in press with Nature. The media have it that this may be a direct detection of dark matter.  The abstract of this paper reads "It is a firm prediction of the concordance Cold Dark Matter (CDM) cosmological model that galaxy clusters live at the intersection of large-scale structure filaments. The thread-like structure of... Read more

Question D: What about the Bullet cluster? And what about the Train-Wreck cluster Abell 520?

Posted 15 April 2012 by Pavel Kroupa

Summary: One result is very definite by now: neither the Bullet nor the Train Wreck clusters support (nor do they prove) the existence of cold or warm dark matter. And, they certainly do not disprove MOND. Quite on the contrary, according to current knowledge, they falsify the concordance cosmological (or LCDM) model. The Bullet cluster consists of two clusters of galaxies that have penetrated each other leaving behind a slab of gas while the now seperating clusters retain matter as... Read more

Question C.III: Fundamental theoretical problems

Posted 31 March 2012 by Pavel Kroupa

Rather than being posted "soon after" II: MOND works far too well ! (published on the 21.03.2011), a delay caused by internal university issues arose. We are back though, for the time being, with the originally advertised "Question C.III: Fundamental theoretical problems" (this contribution). To re-iterate: what is the purpose of this series on SciLogs? We are aiming to document, within the time we have for such matters, the already noticeable paradigm shift away from a dark-matter dominated Einsteinian inflationary... Read more

Question C.II: MOND works far too well !

Posted 21 March 2011 by Pavel Kroupa

Summary: First try: Using only Solar System constraints, Newton and then Einstein developed the universal theory of gravitation. This Theory of General Relativity (GR) is then applied to model the universe. In order for it to fit the observational cosmological constraints, inflation, dark matter and dark energy need to be postulated to exist. Tests on scales of 10Mpc and less show this top-down modelling to fail despite major fine-tuning attempts.  Second try: Using Solar System and galactic constraints Milgrom and... Read more

Question C.I: What are the three best reasons for the failure of the LCDM model? I: Incompatibility with observations

Posted 8 March 2011 by Pavel Kroupa

Summary: The development of the concordance cosmological model (CCM) over the past 40 years is based on the addition of at least three unknown ("dark") physical phenomena (inflation, cold dark matter, dark energy), in an attempt to make Einstein's field equation account for the distribution of matter on galactic and larger scales. None of these are understood nor experimentaly verified today. While these may constitute true discoveries of new physics, much as in the spirit of the past when for example... Read more