Yao-Yuan Mao

University of Utah
Yao-Yuan Mao | University of Utah | yymao.github.io


The list below includes refereed journal papers, submitted preprints, and selected white papers/research notes (marked with *) that I have authored. You can also view my publication list on your favorite sites:
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  1. D. Buch, E. O. Nadler, R. H. Wechsler, Y.‑Y. Mao, "Milky Way-est: Cosmological Zoom-in Simulations with Large Magellanic Cloud and Gaia-Sausage-Enceladus Analogs," arXiv:2404.08043 [ADS]
  2. J. Thornton, A. Amon, R. H. Wechsler, S. Adhikari, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The mass profiles of dwarf galaxies from Dark Energy Survey lensing," arXiv:2311.14659 [ADS]


  1. E. O. Nadler, V. Gluscevic, T. Driskell et al., "Forecasts for Galaxy Formation and Dark Matter Constraints from Dwarf Galaxy Surveys," ApJ (in press), arXiv:2401.10318 [ADS]
  2. K. B. W. McQuinn, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. E. Cohen et al., "Discovery and Characterization of Two Ultra Faint-Dwarfs Outside the Halo of the Milky Way: Leo M and Leo K," ApJ (in press), arXiv:2307.08738 [ADS]
  3. E. Kado‑Fong, M. Geha, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "SAGAbg I: A Near-Unity Mass Loading Factor in Low-Mass Galaxies via their Low-Redshift Evolution in Stellar Mass, Oxygen Abundance, and Star Formation Rate," ApJ (in press), arXiv:2401.16469 [ADS]


  1. L. Mezini, C. E. Fielder, A. R. Zentner, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The influence of subhaloes on host halo properties," MNRAS, 526, 4157 (2023) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. E. Darragh‑Ford, J. F. Wu, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "Target Selection and Sample Characterization for the DESI LOW-Z Secondary Target Program," ApJ, 954, 149 (2023) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. M. A. Troxel, C. Lin, A. Park et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "A joint Roman Space Telescope and Rubin Observatory synthetic wide-field imaging survey," MNRAS, 522, 2801 (2023) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. Z. Zhai, J. L. Tinker, A. Banerjee et al., "The Aemulus Project. V. Cosmological Constraint from Small-scale Clustering of BOSS Galaxies," ApJ, 948, 99 (2023) [arXiv][ADS]
  5. J. Prat, J. Zuntz, C. Chang et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "The catalog-to-cosmology framework for weak lensing and galaxy clustering for LSST," The Open Journal of Astrophysics, 6, 13 (2023) [arXiv][ADS]
  6. E. O. Nadler, P. Mansfield, Y. Wang et al., "Symphony: Cosmological Zoom-in Simulation Suites over Four Decades of Host Halo Mass," ApJ, 945, 159 (2023) [arXiv][ADS]
  7. K. B. W. McQuinn, Y.‑Y. Mao, M. R. Buckley et al., "Pegasus W: An Ultrafaint Dwarf Galaxy Outside the Halo of M31 Not Quenched by Reionization," ApJ, 944, 14 (2023) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. K. Wang, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Zentner et al., "Evidence of galaxy assembly bias in SDSS DR7 galaxy samples from count statistics," MNRAS, 516, 4003 (2022) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. B. Dey, B. H. Andrews, J. A. Newman, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "Photometric redshifts from SDSS images with an interpretable deep capsule network," MNRAS, 515, 5285 (2022) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. *A. Drlica‑Wagner, C. Prescod‑Weinstein, H.‑B. Yu et al., "Report of the Topical Group on Cosmic Probes of Dark Matter for Snowmass 2021," arXiv:2209.08215 [ADS]
  4. *K. Breivik, A. J. Connolly, K. E. S. Ford et al., "From Data to Software to Science with the Rubin Observatory LSST," arXiv:2208.02781 [ADS]
  5. S. Mau, E. O. Nadler, R. H. Wechsler et al. (DES Collaboration), "Milky Way Satellite Census. IV. Constraints on Decaying Dark Matter from Observations of Milky Way Satellite Galaxies," ApJ, 932, 128 (2022) [arXiv][ADS]
  6. *L. Mezini, K. Wang, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Zentner, "Using Maximum Circular Velocity in Halo Occupation Distribution Models to Predict Galaxy Clustering," Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, 6, 80 (2022) [ADS]
  7. *M. Valluri, S. Chabanier, V. Irsic et al., "Snowmass2021 Cosmic Frontier White Paper: Prospects for obtaining Dark Matter Constraints with DESI," arXiv:2203.07491 [ADS]
  8. *K. Bechtol, S. Birrer, F.‑Y. Cyr‑Racine et al., "Snowmass2021 Cosmic Frontier White Paper: Dark Matter Physics from Halo Measurements," arXiv:2203.07354 [ADS]
  9. *Y.‑Y. Mao, A. H. G. Peter, S. Adhikari et al., "Snowmass2021: Vera C. Rubin Observatory as a Flagship Dark Matter Experiment," arXiv:2203.07252 [ADS]
  10. *A. Banerjee, K. K. Boddy, F.‑Y. Cyr‑Racine et al., "Snowmass2021 Cosmic Frontier White Paper: Cosmological Simulations for Dark Matter Physics," arXiv:2203.07049 [ADS]
  11. J. F. Wu, J. E. G. Peek, E. J. Tollerud, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "Extending the SAGA Survey (xSAGA). I. Satellite Radial Profiles as a Function of Host-galaxy Properties," ApJ, 927, 121 (2022) [arXiv][ADS]
  12. M. M. Rau, C. B. Morrison, S. J. Schmidt et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "A composite likelihood approach for inference under photometric redshift uncertainty," MNRAS, 509, 4886 (2022) [arXiv][ADS]
  13. E. Kovacs, Y.‑Y. Mao, M. Aguena et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "Validating Synthetic Galaxy Catalogs for Dark Energy Science in the LSST Era," The Open Journal of Astrophysics, 5, 1 (2022) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. J. Zuntz, F. Lanusse, A. I. Malz et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "The LSST-DESC 3x2pt Tomography Optimization Challenge," The Open Journal of Astrophysics, 4, 13 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. E. O. Nadler, A. Banerjee, S. Adhikari, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. H. Wechsler, "The Effects of Dark Matter and Baryonic Physics on the Milky Way Subhalo Population in the Presence of the Large Magellanic Cloud," ApJL, 920, L11 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. A. Drlica‑Wagner, J. L. Carlin, D. L. Nidever et al., "The DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey: Overview and First Data Release," ApJS, 256, 2 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. J. L. Tinker, J. Cao, M. Alpaslan, J. DeRose, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "Probing the galaxy-halo connection with total satellite luminosity," MNRAS, 505, 5370 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  5. Y. Wang, E. O. Nadler, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "UniverseMachine: Predicting Galaxy Star Formation over Seven Decades of Halo Mass with Zoom-in Simulations," ApJ, 915, 116 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  6. E. O. Nadler, A. Drlica‑Wagner, K. Bechtol et al. (DES Collaboration), "Constraints on Dark Matter Properties from Observations of Milky Way Satellite Galaxies," PRL, 126, 091101 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  7. R. Zhou, J. A. Newman, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The clustering of DESI-like luminous red galaxies using photometric redshifts," MNRAS, 501, 3309 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  8. LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (LSST DESC), "The LSST DESC DC2 Simulated Sky Survey," ApJS, 253, 31 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  9. Y.‑Y. Mao, M. Geha, R. H. Wechsler et al., "The SAGA Survey. II. Building a Statistical Sample of Satellite Systems around Milky Way-like Galaxies," ApJ, 907, 85 (2021) [arXiv][ADS]
  10. *LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, "DESC DC2 Data Release Note," arXiv:2101.04855 [ADS]


  1. C. E. Fielder, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Zentner et al., "Illuminating dark matter halo density profiles without subhaloes," MNRAS, 499, 2426 (2020) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. J.‑z. Cao, J. L. Tinker, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. H. Wechsler, "Constraining the scatter in the galaxy-halo connection at Milky Way masses," MNRAS, 498, 5080 (2020) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. K. Wang, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Zentner et al., "Concentrations of dark haloes emerge from their merger histories," MNRAS, 498, 4450 (2020) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. E. O. Nadler, A. Banerjee, S. Adhikari, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. H. Wechsler, "Signatures of Velocity-dependent Dark Matter Self-interactions in Milky Way-mass Halos," ApJ, 896, 112 (2020) [arXiv][ADS]
  5. E. O. Nadler, R. H. Wechsler, K. Bechtol, Y. ‑Y. Mao et al. (DES Collaboration), "Milky Way Satellite Census. II. Galaxy-Halo Connection Constraints Including the Impact of the Large Magellanic Cloud," ApJ, 893, 48 (2020) [arXiv][ADS]
  6. S. Mau, W. Cerny, A. B. Pace et al., "Two Ultra-faint Milky Way Stellar Systems Discovered in Early Data from the DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey," ApJ, 890, 136 (2020) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. T. S. Li, S. E. Koposov, D. B. Zucker et al. (S5 Collaboration), "The southern stellar stream spectroscopic survey (S$^{5}$): Overview, target selection, data reduction, validation, and early science," MNRAS, 490, 3508 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. D. Korytov, A. Hearin, E. Kovacs et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "CosmoDC2: A Synthetic Sky Catalog for Dark Energy Science with LSST," ApJS, 245, 26 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. K. Wang, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Zentner et al., "How to optimally constrain galaxy assembly bias: supplement projected correlation functions with count-in-cells statistics," MNRAS, 488, 3541 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. C. E. Fielder, Y.‑Y. Mao, J. A. Newman, A. R. Zentner, T. C. Licquia, "Predictably missing satellites: subhalo abundances in Milky Way-like haloes," MNRAS, 486, 4545 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]
  5. *MSE Science Team, "The Detailed Science Case for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer, 2019 edition," arXiv:1904.04907 [ADS]
  6. J. DeRose, R. H. Wechsler, J. L. Tinker, M. R. Becker, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The AEMULUS Project. I. Numerical Simulations for Precision Cosmology," ApJ, 875, 69 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]
  7. Z. Zhai, J. L. Tinker, M. R. Becker, J. DeRose, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The Aemulus Project. III. Emulation of the Galaxy Correlation Function," ApJ, 874, 95 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]
  8. E. O. Nadler, Y.‑Y. Mao, G. M. Green, R. H. Wechsler, "Modeling the Connection between Subhalos and Satellites in Milky Way-like Systems," ApJ, 873, 34 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]
  9. *A. Drlica‑Wagner, Y.‑Y. Mao, S. Adhikari et al., "Probing the Fundamental Nature of Dark Matter with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope," arXiv:1902.01055 [ADS]
  10. T. McClintock, E. Rozo, M. R. Becker, J. DeRose, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The Aemulus Project. II. Emulating the Halo Mass Function," ApJ, 872, 53 (2019) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. J. L. Tinker, C. Hahn, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Wetzel, "Halo histories versus galaxy properties at z = 0 - III. The properties of star-forming galaxies," MNRAS, 478, 4487 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. J. L. Tinker, C. Hahn, Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Wetzel, C. Conroy, "Halo histories versus galaxy properties at z = 0 II: large-scale galactic conformity," MNRAS, 477, 935 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. D. Campbell, F. C. van den Bosch, N. Padmanabhan, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "The galaxy clustering crisis in abundance matching," MNRAS, 477, 359 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. E. O. Nadler, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. H. Wechsler, S. Garrison‑Kimmel, A. Wetzel, "Modeling the Impact of Baryons on Subhalo Populations with Machine Learning," ApJ, 859, 129 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  5. Y.‑Y. Mao, A. R. Zentner, R. H. Wechsler, "Beyond assembly bias: exploring secondary halo biases for cluster-size haloes," MNRAS, 474, 5143 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  6. A. Tenneti, Y.‑Y. Mao, R. A. C. Croft et al., "The radial acceleration relation in disc galaxies in the MassiveBlack-II simulation," MNRAS, 474, 3125 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  7. Y.‑Y. Mao, E. Kovacs, K. Heitmann et al. (LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration), "DESCQA: An Automated Validation Framework for Synthetic Sky Catalogs," ApJS, 234, 36 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  8. J. U. Lange, F. C. van den Bosch, A. Hearin et al., "Brightest galaxies as halo centre tracers in SDSS DR7," MNRAS, 473, 2830 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]


  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 (2017) [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 (2017) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. A. P. Hearin, D. Campbell, E. Tollerud et al., "Forward Modeling of Large-scale Structure: An Open-source Approach with Halotools," AJ, 154, 190 (2017) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. 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 (2017) [arXiv][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 (2017) [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 (2017) [arXiv][ADS]
  7. 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 (2017) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. A. Drlica‑Wagner, K. Bechtol, S. Allam et al., "An Ultra-faint Galaxy Candidate Discovered in Early Data from the Magellanic Satellites Survey," ApJL, 833, L5 (2016) [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 (2016) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. Y. Wang, F. R. Pearce, A. Knebe et al., "Sussing merger trees: stability and convergence," MNRAS, 459, 1554 (2016) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. 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 (2016) [arXiv][ADS]
  5. 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 (2016) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. P. Behroozi, A. Knebe, F. R. Pearce et al., "Major mergers going Notts: challenges for modern halo finders," MNRAS, 454, 3020 (2015) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. A. Drlica‑Wagner, K. Bechtol, E. S. Rykoff et al. (DES Collaboration), "Eight Ultra-faint Galaxy Candidates Discovered in Year Two of the Dark Energy Survey," ApJ, 813, 109 (2015) [arXiv][ADS]
  3. Y.‑Y. Mao, M. Williamson, R. H. Wechsler, "The Dependence of Subhalo Abundance on Halo Concentration," ApJ, 810, 21 (2015) [arXiv][ADS]
  4. *P. A. Thomas, J. Onions, D. Tweed et al., "Sussing Merger Trees: A proposed Merger Tree data format," arXiv:1508.05388 [ADS]


  1. J. Lee, S. K. Yi, P. J. Elahi et al., "Sussing merger trees: the impact of halo merger trees on galaxy properties in a semi-analytic model," MNRAS, 445, 4197 (2014) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. S. Avila, A. Knebe, F. R. Pearce et al., "SUSSING MERGER TREES: the influence of the halo finder," MNRAS, 441, 3488 (2014) [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 (2014) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. C. Srisawat, A. Knebe, F. R. Pearce et al., "Sussing Merger Trees: The Merger Trees Comparison Project," MNRAS, 436, 150 (2013) [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 (2013) [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 (2013) [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 (2013) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. TWQCD Collaboration, "Pseudoscalar meson in two flavors QCD with the optimal domain-wall fermion," Physics Letters B, 717, 420 (2012) [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 (2011) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. W.‑S. Hou, Y.‑Y. Mao, C.‑H. Shen, "Leading effect of CP violation with four generations," PRD, 82, 036005 (2010) [arXiv][ADS]


  1. Y.‑Y. Mao, T.‑W. Chiu, "Topological susceptibility to the one-loop order in chiral perturbation theory," PRD, 80, 034502 (2009) [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 (2009) [arXiv][ADS]