Yao-Yuan Mao

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


I have authored 41 refereed journal papers, and several white papers (selected ones listed below), with 1200+ total citations from 900+ citing papers, and an h-index of 20.

In addition to the list below, you can also find my publications on your favorite sites: arXiv.org, NASA ADS, INSPIRE-HEP, and Google Scholar. My ORCID is 0000-0002-1200-0820.

Also, check out my online presence on: GitHub, Bitbucket, ResearchGate, INSPIRE, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

2019 | '18 | '17 | '16 | '15 | '14 | '13 | '12– | PDF

  1. T. S. Li et al., "The Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey (${S}^5$): Overview, Target Selection, Data Reduction, Validation, and Early Science," arXiv:1907.09481 [ADS]
  2. D. Korytov et al., "CosmoDC2: A Synthetic Sky Catalog for Dark Energy Science with LSST," arXiv:1907.06530 [ADS]


  1. K. Wang, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "How to Optimally Constrain Galaxy Assembly Bias: Supplement Projected Correlation Functions with Count-in-cells Statistics," MNRAS (2019, to appear) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. 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]
  3. The MSE Science Team et al., "The Detailed Science Case for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer, 2019 edition," arXiv:1904.04907 [ADS]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. A. Drlica‑Wagner, Y.‑Y. Mao et al., "Probing the Fundamental Nature of Dark Matter with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope," arXiv:1902.01055 [ADS]
  8. 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 et al., "The radial acceleration relation in disc galaxies in the MassiveBlack-II simulation," MNRAS, 474, 3125 (2018) [arXiv][ADS]
  7. Y.‑Y. Mao 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 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 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 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 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 et al., "Major mergers going Notts: challenges for modern halo finders," MNRAS, 454, 3020 (2015) [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 (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 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 (2014) [arXiv][ADS]
  2. S. Avila 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 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. 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 (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]