Yao-Yuan Mao

PITT PACC Langley Fellow
Yao-Yuan Mao | PITT PACC Langley Fellow | yymao.github.io


I have 28 refereed papers, with 550+ total citations from 450+ citing papers, and an h-index of 14.

In addition to the list below, you can also find my publication list on your favorite sites: arXiv.org, NASA ADS Beta and Classic, INSPIRES, or Google Scholar.

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  1. J. L. Tinker, A. R. Wetzel, C. Conroy, Y.‑Y. Mao, "Halo histories versus Galaxy properties at z = 0 – I. The quenching of star formation," MNRAS, 472, 2504 [arXiv][ADS]
  2. A. S. Villarreal, A. R. Zentner, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The immitigable nature of assembly bias: the impact of halo definition on assembly bias," MNRAS, 472, 1088 [arXiv][ADS]
  3. H. Desmond, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. H. Wechsler, R. A. Crain, J. Schaye, "On the galaxy-halo connection in the EAGLE simulation," MNRAS, 471, L11 [arXiv][ADS]
  4. Y.‑Y. Mao et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "DESCQA: An Automated Validation Framework for Synthetic Sky Catalogs," arXiv:1709.09665 [ADS]
  5. M. Geha, R. H. Wechsler, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The SAGA Survey. I. Satellite Galaxy Populations around Eight Milky Way Analogs," ApJ, 847, 4 [arXiv][ADS]
  6. Y. Lu, A. Benson, A. Wetzel, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The Importance of Preventive Feedback: Inference from Observations of the Stellar Masses and Metallicities of Milky Way Dwarf Galaxies," ApJ, 846, 66 [arXiv][ADS]
  7. J. L. Tinker, C. Hahn, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Wetzel, "Halo Histories vs. Galaxy Properties at z=0, III: The Properties of Star-Forming Galaxies," arXiv:1705.08458 [ADS]
  8. D. Campbell, F. C. van den Bosch, N. Padmanabhan, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The Galaxy Clustering Crisis in Abundance Matching," arXiv:1705.06347 [ADS]
  9. J. U. Lange et al., "Brightest galaxies as halo centre tracers in SDSS DR7," MNRAS (to appear), arXiv:1705.05043 [ADS]
  10. Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Zentner, R. H. Wechsler, "Beyond Assembly Bias: Exploring Secondary Halo Biases for Cluster-size Haloes," arXiv:1705.03888 [ADS]
  11. A. Tenneti, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The Radial Acceleration Relation in Disk Galaxies in the MassiveBlack-II Simulation," arXiv:1703.05287 [ADS]
  12. J. L. Tinker, C. Hahn, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Wetzel, C. Conroy, "Halo Histories vs. Galaxy Properties at z=0 II: Large-Scale Galactic Conformity," arXiv:1702.01121 [ADS]
  13. B. V. Lehmann, Y.‑Y. Mao, M. R. Becker, S. W. Skillman, R. H. Wechsler, "The Concentration Dependence of the Galaxy-Halo Connection: Modeling Assembly Bias with Abundance Matching," ApJ, 834, 37 [arXiv][ADS]


  1. A. Drlica‑Wagner et al., "An Ultra-faint Galaxy Candidate Discovered in Early Data from the Magellanic Satellites Survey," ApJL, 833, L5 [arXiv][ADS]
  2. Y. Lu, A. Benson, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The Connection between the Host Halo and the Satellite Galaxies of the Milky Way," ApJ, 830, 59 [arXiv][ADS]
  3. Y. Wang et al., "Sussing merger trees: stability and convergence," MNRAS, 459, 1554 [arXiv][ADS]
  4. A. Hearin et al., "Forward Modeling of Large-Scale Structure: An open-source approach with Halotools," AJ (to appear), arXiv:1606.04106 [ADS]
  5. Y. D. Hezaveh, N. Dalal, D. P. Marrone, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "Detection of Lensing Substructure Using ALMA Observations of the Dusty Galaxy SDP.81," ApJ, 823, 37 [arXiv][ADS]
  6. A. J. Deason, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. H. Wechsler, "The Eating Habits of Milky Way-mass Halos: Destroyed Dwarf Satellites and the Metallicity Distribution of Accreted Stars," ApJ, 821, 5 [arXiv][ADS]


  1. P. Behroozi et al., "Major mergers going Notts: challenges for modern halo finders," MNRAS, 454, 3020 [arXiv][ADS]
  2. A. Drlica‑Wagner et al. (DES Collaboration), "Eight Ultra-faint Galaxy Candidates Discovered in Year Two of the Dark Energy Survey," ApJ, 813, 109 [arXiv][ADS]
  3. Y.‑Y. Mao, M. Williamson, R. H. Wechsler, "The Dependence of Subhalo Abundance on Halo Concentration," ApJ, 810, 21 [arXiv][ADS]
  4. P. A. Thomas et al., "Sussing Merger Trees: A proposed Merger Tree data format," arXiv:1508.05388 [ADS]


  1. J. Lee et al., "Sussing merger trees: the impact of halo merger trees on galaxy properties in a semi-analytic model," MNRAS, 445, 4197 [arXiv][ADS]
  2. S. Avila et al., "SUSSING MERGER TREES: the influence of the halo finder," MNRAS, 441, 3488 [arXiv][ADS]
  3. Y.‑Y. Mao, L. E. Strigari, R. H. Wechsler, "Connecting direct dark matter detection experiments to cosmologically motivated halo models," PRD, 89, 063513 [arXiv][ADS]


  1. C. Srisawat et al., "Sussing Merger Trees: The Merger Trees Comparison Project," MNRAS, 436, 150 [arXiv][ADS]
  2. H.‑Y. Wu, O. Hahn, R. H. Wechsler, P. S. Behroozi, Y.‑Y. Mao, "Rhapsody. II. Subhalo Properties and the Impact of Tidal Stripping From a Statistical Sample of Cluster-size Halos," ApJ, 767, 23 [arXiv][ADS]
  3. Y.‑Y. Mao, L. E. Strigari, R. H. Wechsler, H.‑Y. Wu, O. Hahn, "Halo-to-halo Similarity and Scatter in the Velocity Distribution of Dark Matter," ApJ, 764, 35 [arXiv][ADS]
  4. H.‑Y. Wu, O. Hahn, R. H. Wechsler, Y.‑Y. Mao, P. S. Behroozi, "Rhapsody. I. Structural Properties and Formation History from a Statistical Sample of Re-simulated Cluster-size Halos," ApJ, 763, 70 [arXiv][ADS]


  1. T.‑W. Chiu, T.‑H. Hsieh, Y.‑Y. Mao (TWQCD Collaboration), "Pseudoscalar meson in two flavors QCD with the optimal domain-wall fermion," Physics Letters B, 717, 420 [ADS]


  1. T.‑W. Chiu, T.‑H. Hsieh, Y.‑Y. Mao (TWQCD Collaboration), "Topological susceptibility in two flavors lattice QCD with the optimal domain-wall fermion," Physics Letters B, 702, 131 [ADS]


  1. W.‑S. Hou, Y.‑Y. Mao, C.‑H. Shen, "Leading effect of CP violation with four generations," PRD, 82, 036005 [arXiv][ADS]


  1. Y.‑Y. Mao, T.‑W. Chiu, "Topological susceptibility to the one-loop order in chiral perturbation theory," PRD, 80, 034502 [arXiv][ADS]
  2. C.‑F. Lee, Y.‑Y. Mao, B. Reipurth, "Infall and Rotation Motions in the HH 111 Protostellar System: A Flattened Envelope in Transition to a Disk?" ApJ, 694, 1395 [arXiv][ADS]