Nicolas F. Martin

Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie

Königstuhl 17

D-69117 Heidelberg


martin [at]

Tel:  +49 (0)6221 528 453

Fax: +49 (0)6221 528 246


I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg. Before that, I did my PhD at the Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory under the supervision of Rodrigo Ibata on the search and analysis of stellar structures in the Local Group.

My research revolves around understanding the role of past and present accretions of dwarf galaxies onto the Milky Way and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. I am also involved in the up-coming Pan-STARRS and PAndAS surveys that will provide a deep stellar maps of the Local Group and will reveal yet undetected faint dwarf galaxies and stellar streams produced by currently disrupting or already disrupted dwarf galaxies.


Recent publications

  1. A spectroscopic survey of EC4, an Extended Cluster in Andromeda’s halo

  2. M. Collins, S. C. Chapman, M. J. Irwin, R. A. Ibata, N. F. Martin, A. M. N. Ferguson, A. Huxor, G. F. Lewis, A. D. Mackey, A. W. McConnachie & N. Tanvir, 2009, MNRAS in press, arXiv:0903.4701

  3. The signature of Galactic Tides in Local Group Dwarf Spheroidals

  4. J. Peñarrubia, J. F. Navarro, A. W. McConnachie & N. F. Martin, 2009, ApJ, 698, 222

  5. Kinematic and chemical constraints on the formation of M31’s inner and outer halo

  6. A. Koch, R. M. Rich, D. B. Reitzel, N. F. Martin, R. A. Ibata, S. C. Chapman, S. R. Majewski, M. Mori, Y.-S. Loh, J. C. Ostheimer & M. Tanaka, 2008, ApJ, 689, 958

  7. A trio of new Local Group galaxies with extreme properties

  8. A. W. McConnachie, A. Huxor, N. F. Martin, M. J. Irwin, S. C. Chapman, G. Fahlman, A. M. N. Ferguson, R. A. Ibata, G. F. Lewis, H. Richer & N. R. Tanvir, 2008, ApJ, 688, 1009

  9. The kinematic footprints of five stellar streams in Andromeda’s halo

  10. S. C. Chapman, R. Ibata, M. Irwin, A. Koch, B. Letarte, N. F. Martin, M. Collins, G. F. Lewis, A. McConnachie, J. Peñarrubia, R. M. Rich, D. Trethewey, A. M. N. Ferguson, A. Huxor & N. Tanvir, 2008, MNRAS, 390, 1437

  11. The AAT/WFI survey of the Monoceros Ring and Canis Major dwarf galaxy – II. From l=(280–25)º

  12. B. C. Conn, R. R. Lane, G. F. Lewis, M. J. Irwin, R. A. Ibata, N. F. Martin, M. Bellazzini & A. V. Tuntsov, 2008, MNRAS, 390, 1388

  13. A comprehensive Maximum Likelihood analysis of the structural properties of faint Milky Way satellites

  14. N. F. Martin, J. T. A. de Jong & H.-W. Rix, 2008, ApJ, 684, 1075

  15. The nucleus of the Sagittarius dSph galaxy and M54: a window on the process of galaxy nucleation

  16. M. Bellazzini, R. A. Ibata, S. C. Chapman, A. D. Mackey, L. Monaco, M. J. Irwin, N. F. Martin, G. F. Lewis & E. Dalessandro, 2008, AJ, 136, 1147

  17. The Structural Properties and Star Formation History of Leo T from Deep LBT Photometry

  18. J. T. A. de Jong, J. Harris, M. G. Coleman, N. F. Martin et al., 2008, ApJ, 680, 1112

  19. Numerical Color-Magnitude Diagram Analysis of Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data and Application to the New Milky Way Satellites

  20. J. T. A. de Jong, H.-W. Rix, N. F. Martin, D. B. Zucker, A. E. Dolphin, E. F. Bell, V. Belokurov & N. W. Evans, 2008, AJ, 135, 1361

  21. A Deep Large Binocular Telescope View of the Canes Venatici I Dwarf Galaxy

  22. N. F. Martin, M. G. Coleman, J. T. A. de Jong, H.-W. Rix et al., 2008, ApJ, 672, L13