Refereed and submitted

Submitted for publication

  • McFadden, L.A., Skillman, D.R., Memarsadeghi, N., Carsenty, U., Schröder, S., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2016.  Dawn mission’s search for satellites of Ceres: Intact protoplanets don’t have satellites.  Icarus, submitted.

Refereed journal articles


  1. Schröder, S.E., Mottola, S., Carsenty, U., Jaumann, R., Li, J.-Y., et al., Resolved spectrophotometric properties of the Ceres surface from Dawn Framing Camera images. Icarus, 288, 201-225.  arXiv: 1701.08550.
  2. Ciarniello, M., et al., 2017. Spectrophotometric properties of dwarf planet Ceres from VIR onboard Dawn mission. Astron. Astrophys., 598, A130 (14pp).  arXiv: 1608.04643.
  3. McKay, A.J., Bodewits, D., Li, J.-Y., 2017. Observational constraints on water sublimation from 24 Themis and 1 Ceres. Icarus, 286, 308-313.  arXiv: 1609.07156.
  4. Schmidt, B.E., et al., 2016. Geomorphological evidence for ground ice on dwarf planet Ceres. Nature Geosci., 10, 338-343.


  1. Thangjam, G., Hoffmann, M., Nathues, A., Li, J.-Y., Platz, T., 2016. Haze at Occator Crater on dwarf planet Ceres. Astrophys. J. Lett. 833, L25 (9pp).  arXiv: 1701.05812.
  2. Denevi, B., Beck, A.W., Coman, E.I., Thomson, B.J., Ammannito, E., Blewett, D.T., Sunshine, J.M., De Sanctis, M.C., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2016. Global variations in regolith properties on Asteroid Vesta from Dawn’s Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 51, 2366-2386.
  3. Nathues, A., et al., FC colour images of dwarf planet Ceres reveal a complicated geological history. Planet. Space Sci. 134, 122-127.
  4. Hendrix, A.R., Vilas, F., Li, J.-Y., 2016. Ceres: Sulfur deposits and graphitized carbon. Geophys. Res. Lett. 43, 8920-8927.
  5. DeMario, B.E., Schmidt, B.E., Mutchler, M.J., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2016. Results of a Hubble Space Telescope search for natural satellites of dwarf planet 1 Ceres. Icarus 280, 308-314.
  6. Ruesch, O., et al., 2016. Cryovolcanism on Ceres. Science 353, 1005.
  7. Russell, C.T., et al., 2016. Dawn Arrives at Ceres: Exploration of a Volatile-Rich Planet. Science 353, 1008-1010.
  8. Hendrix, A.R., Vilas, F., Li, J.-Y., 2016. The UV signature of carbon at Ceres and in the Solar System. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 51, 105-115.
  9. Li, J.-Y., et al., 2016. Seasonal evolution on the nucleus of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring). Astrophys. J. Lett. 817, L23 (5pp).  arXiv: 1601.03709.
  10. Li, J.-Y., et al., 2016. Surface albedo and spectral variability of Ceres. Astrophys. J. Lett. 817, L22 (7pp).  arXiv:1601.03713


  1. Nathues, A., et al., 2015. Sublimation in bright spots on Ceres. Nature 528, 237-240.
  2. Zubko, E., et al., 2015. Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) coma composition at ~4 au from HST observations. Planet. Space Sci. 118, 138-163.
  3. Bhatt, M., Reddy, V., Le Corre, L., Sanchez, J.A., Dunn, T., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2015. Spectral calibration for deriving surface mineralogy of asteroid (25143) Itokawa from Hayabusa NIRS spectrometer data. Icarus 262, 124-130.  arXiv: 1508.07494.
  4. Reddy, V., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2015. Photometric properties of Ceres from telescopic observations using Dawn Framing Camera color filters. Icarus 260, 332-345.  arXiv: 1510.00387.
  5. Masoumzadeh, N., Boehnhardt, H., Li, J.-Y., Vincent, J.-B., 2015. Photometric analysis of Asteroid (21) Lutetia from Rosetta-OSIRIS images. Icarus, 257, 239-250.
  6. McFadden, L.A., Skillman, D., Memarsadeghi, N., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2015. Vesta’s missing Moons: Comprehensive search for natural satellites of Vesta by the Dawn spacecraft. Icarus, 257, 207-216.
  7. Li, J.-Y., Helfenstein, Buratti, B.J., Takir, D., Clark, B.E., 2015.  Asteroid photometry.  In: Michel. P., et al. (eds.), Asteroids IV, Univ. of Arizona Press, 129-150.  arXiv: 1502.06302.
  8. Bodewits, D., Kelley, M.S.P., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2015.  The pre-perihelion activity of dynamically new comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) and its close encounter with Mars.  Astrophys. J. Lett. 802, L6 (5 pp).  arXiv: 1502.07216.
  9. Takir, D., Clark B.E., d’Aubigny, C.D., Hergenrother, C.W., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2015.  Disk-integrated photometric modeling for the OSIRIS-REx target asteroid (101955) Bennu.  Icarus 252, 393-399.
  10. Fernández, Y.R., Li, J.-Y., Howell, E.S., Woodney, L.M., 2015.  Asteroids and comets.  In: Schubert, G. (Ed.), Treaties in Geophysics, 2nd edition, Vol. 10.  Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, pp 487-528.


  1. Li, J.-Y., et al., 2014.  Constraining the dust coma properties of comet C/Siding Spring (2013 A1) at large heliocentric distances.  Astrophys. J. Lett. 797, L8 (7pp).  arXiv: 1411.0027.
  2. Schäfer, M., et al., 2014.  Imprint of the Rheasilvia impact on Vesta – Geologic mapping of quadrangles Gegania and Lucaria.  Icarus 244, 60-73.
  3. Capria, M.T., et al., 2014.  Vesta surface thermal properties map.  Geophys. Res. Lett. 41, 1438-1443.
  4. Zambon, F., et al., 2014.  Spectral analysis of the bright materials on the asteroid Vesta.  Icarus 240, 73-85.
  5. Tosi, F., Capria, M.T., De Sanctis, M.C., Combe, J.-Ph., Zambon, F., Nathues, A., Schröder, S.E., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2014.  Thermal behavior of dark and bright surface features on Vesta as derived from Dawn/VIR.  Icarus 240, 36-57.
  6. Protopapa, S., Sunshine, J.M., Feaga, L., Kelley, M.S., A’Hearn, M.F., Farnham, T.L., Groussin, O., Besse, S., Merlin, F., Li, J.-Y., 2014.  Ice and refractories in the ambient coma of 103P/Hartley 2.  Icarus 238, 191-204.  arXiv: 1406.3382.
  7. Tricarico, P., Samarasinha, N.H., Sykes, M.V., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2014.  Delivery of dust grains from comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) to Mars.  Astrophys. J. Lett. 787, L35 (5 pp).  arXiv: 1404.7168.
  8. Hicks, M.D., Buratti, B.J., Lawrence, K.J., Hillier, J., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2014.  Spectral diversity and photometric behavior of main-belt and near-Earth vestoids and (4) Vesta: A study in preparation for the Dawn encounter.  Icarus 235, 60-74.


  1. Huang, J., et al., 2013.  The ginger-shaped asteroid 4179 Toutatis: New observations from a successful flyby of Chang’E-2.  Nature Scientific Reports 3, 3411 (6pp).
  2. Li, Jian-Yang, et al., 2013.  Characterizing the dust coma of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) at 4.15 AU from the Sun.  Astrophys. J. Lett. 779, L3 (5pp).  arXiv: 1311.0826.
  3. Thangjam, G., Reddy, V., Le Corre, L., Nathues, A., Sierks, H., Hiesinger, H., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2013.  Lithologic mapping of HED terrains on Vesta using Dawn Framing Camera color data.  Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 48, 2199-2210.  arXiv: 1305.0953.
  4. De Sanctis, M.C., et al., 2013.  Vesta’s mineralogical composition as revealed by the visible and infrared spectrometer on Dawn.  Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 48, 2166-2184.
  5. Russell, C.T., et al., 2013.  Dawn completes its mission at 4 Vesta.  Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 48, 2076-2089.
  6. Le Corre, L., et al., 2013.  Olivine or impact melt: Nature of the “orange” material on Vesta from Dawn.  Icarus 226, 1568-1594.  arXiv: 1308.1131.
  7. Li, Jian-Yang, et al., 2013.  Global photometric properties of Asteroid (4) Vesta observed with Dawn Framing Camera.  Icarus 226, 1252-1274.  arXiv: 1310.4165.
  8. Reddy, V., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2013.  Comparing Dawn, Hubble Space Telescope, and ground-based interpretations of (4) Vesta.  Icarus 226, 1103-1114.  arXiv: 1307.6608.
  9. Wu, Y., Besse, S., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2013.  Photometric correction and in-flight calibration of Chang’E-1 Interference Imaging Spectrometer (IIM) data.  Icarus 222, 283-295.
  10. Besse, S., Sunshine, J., Staid, M., Boardman, J., Pieters, C., Guasqui, P., Malaret, E., McLaughlin, S., Yokota, Y., Li, J.-Y., 2013.  A visible and near-infrared photometric correction or Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3).  Icarus 222, 229-242.
  11. Li, Jian-Yang, et al., 2013.  Photometry of the nucleus of Comet 103P/Hartley 2.  Icarus 222, 559-570.
  12. Belton, M.J.S., Thomas, P., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2013.  The complex spin state of 103P/Hartley 2: Kinematics and orientation in space.  Kinematics and orientation in space.  Icarus 222, 595-609.
  13. Groussin, O., Sunshine, J.M., Feaga, L., Jorda, L., Thomas, P.C., Li, J.-Y. et al., 2013.  The temperature, thermal inertia, roughness and color of the nuclei of Comet 103P/Hartley 2 and 9P/Tempel 1.  Icarus 222, 580-594.
  14. Lisse, C.M., Christian, D.J., Wolk, S.J., Dennerl, K., Bodewits, D., Combi, M.R., Lepri, S.T., Zurbuchen, T.H., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2013.  Chandra ACIS-S imaging spectroscopy of rotationally modulated X-ray emission from Comet 103P/Hartley 2 during the EPOXI encounter.  Icarus 222, 752-765.
  15. Thomas, P.C., et al., 2013.  Shape, density, and geology of the nucleus of Comet 103P/Hartley 2.  Icarus 222, 550-558.
  16. Veverka, J. et al., 2013.  Return to Comet Tempel 1: Overview of Stardust-NExT results.  Icarus 222, 424-435.
  17. Farnham, T.L., Bodewits, D., Li, J.-Y., Veverka, J., Thomas, P., Belton, M.J.S., 2013.  Connections between the jet activity and surface features on Comet 9P/Tempel 1.  Icarus 222, 540-549.
  18. Chesley, S.R., Belton, M.J.S., Carcich, B., Thomas, P.C., Pittichová, J., Klaasen, K.P., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2013.  An updated rotation model for Comet 9P/Tempel 1.  Icarus 222, 516-525.
  19. Li, Jian-Yang, et al., 2013.  Photometry of the nucleus of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 from Stardust NExT flyby and the implications.  Icarus 222, 467-476.
  20. Belton, M.J.S., Thomas, P., Carcich, B., Quick, A., Veverka, J., Melosh, J.H., A’Hearn M.F., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2013.  The origin of pits on 9P/Tempel 1 and the geologic signature of outbursts in Stardust-NExT images.  Icarus 222, 477-486.
  21. Thomas, P., et al., 2013.  Tempel 1: shape and geology from two flybys.  Icarus 222, 453-466.


  1. Spjuth, S., Jorda, L., Lamy, P., Keller, H.U., Li, J.-Y, 2012.  Disk-resolved photometry of Asteroid (2867) Steins.  Icarus 221, 1101-1118.
  2. Pieters, C.M., Ammannito, E., Blewett, D.T., Denevi, B.W., De Sanctis, M.C., Gaffey, M.J., Le Corre, L., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2012.  The distinctive space weathering on Vesta.  Nature 491, 79-82.
  3. McCord, T.B., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2012.  Dark material on Vesta from infall of carbonaceous volatile-rich materials.  Nature 491, 83-86.
  4. Reddy, V., et al., 2012.  Delivery of dark material to Vesta: carbonaceous chondritic impact.  Icarus 221, 544-559.  arXiv: 1208.2833.
  5. Denevi, B.W., et al., 2012.  Pitted terrain on Vesta and implications for the presence of volatiles.  Science 338, 246-249.
  6. Prettyman, T.H., et al., 2012.  Elemental mapping by Dawn reveals exogenic H in Vesta’s regolith.  Science 338, 242-246.
  7. McFadden, L.A., Bastien, F.A., Mutchler, M., Crow, C., Heather, W., Li, J.-Y., Hamilton, D.P., 2012.  Upper limits on the size of satellites of Asteroid (4) Vesta from 2007 Hubble Space Telescope observations.  Icarus 220, 305-310.
  8. Reddy, V., Nathues, A., Le Corre, L., Sierks, H., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2012.  Color and albedo heterogeneity of Vesta from Dawn.  Science 336, 700-704.
  9. Jaumann, R., et al., 2012.  Vesta’s shape and morphology.  Science 336, 687-690.
  10. Reddy, V., Sanchez, J.A., Nathues, A., Moskovitz, N.A., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2012.  Photometric, spectral phase and temperature effects on 4 Vesta and HED meteorites: Implications for the Dawn Mission.  Icarus 217, 153-168.


  1. Pieters, C.M., McFadden, L.A., Prettyman, T., De Sanctis, M.C., McCord, T.B., Hiroi, T., Klima, R., Li, J.-Y., Jaumann, R., 2011.  Surface composition of Vesta: Issues and integrated approach.  Space Sci. Rev., 163, 117-139.
  2. Rivkin, A.S., Li, J.-Y., Milliken, R.E., Lim, L.F., Lovell, A.J., Schmidt, B.E., McFadden, L.A., Cohen, B.A., 2011.  The surface composition of Ceres.  Space Sci. Rev., 163, 95-116.
  3. Li, Jian-Yang, Bodewits, D., Feaga, L.M., Landsman, W., A’Hearn, M.F., Mutchler, M.J., Russell, C.T., McFadden, L.A., Raymond, C.A., 2011.  Ultraviolet spectroscopy of Asteroid (4) Vesta.  Icarus 216, 640-649.  arXiv: 1110.4113.
  4. A’Hearn, M.F., et al., 2011.  EPOXI at Comet Hartley 2.  Science 332, 1396-1400.
  5. Belton, M.J.S., et al., 2011.  Stardust-NExT, Deep Impact, and the accelerating spin of 9P/Tempel 1.  Icarus 213, 345-368.
  6. Li, Jian-Yang, Thomas, P.C., Carcich, B., Mutchler, M.J., McFadden, L.A., Russell, C.T., Weinstein-Weiss, S.S., Rayman, M.D., Raymond, C.A., 2011.  Improved measurement of Asteroid (4) Vesta’s rotational axis orientation.  Icarus 211, 528-534.
  7. Li, Jian-Yang, Kuchner, M.J., Allen, R.J., Sheppard, S.S., 2011.  Measuring the sizes, shapes, surface features and rotations of Solar System objects with interferometry.  Icarus 211, 1007-1021.  arXiv: 1102.0802.
  8. Bodewits, D., Kelley, M.S., Li, J.-Y., Landsman, W.B., Besse, S., A’Hearn, M.F., 2011.  Collisional excavation of Asteroid (596) Scheila.  Astrophys. J. Lett. 733, L3.  arXiv: 1104.5227.


  1. Bauer, J.M., Buratti, B.J., Li, J.-Y., Mosher, J.A., Hicks, M.D., Schmidt, B.E., Gougen, J.D., 2010.  Direct Detection of Seasonal Changes on Triton with Hubble Space Telescope.  Astrophys. J. Lett. 723, L49-L52.
  2. Reddy, V., Gaffey, M.J., Kelley, M.S., Nathues, A., Li, J.-Y., Yarbrough, R., 2010.  Compositional heterogeneity of Asteroid 4 Vesta’s southern hemisphere: Implications for the Dawn mission.  Icarus 210, 693-706.
  3. Li, Jian-Yang, McFadden, L.A., Thomas, P.C., Mutchler, M., Parker, J.Wm., Young, E.F., Russell, C.T., Sykes, M.V., Schmidt, B., 2010.  Photometric Mapping of the Southern Hemisphere of Asteroid (4) Vesta from HST.  Icarus 208, 238-251.


  1. Schmidt, B.E., Thomas, P.C., Bauer, J.M., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2009.  The shape and surface variation of 2 Pallas from the Hubble Space Telescope.  Science 326, 275-278.
  2. Li, Jian-Yang, A’Hearn, M.F., Farnham, T.L., McFadden, L.A., 2009.  Photometric Analysis of the Nucleus of Comet 81P/Wild 2 from Stardust Images.  Icarus 204, 209-226.


  1. Klaasen, K.P., et al., 2008.  Deep Impact instrument calibration.  Review of Scientific Instruments 79, 091301.


  1. Li, Jian-Yang, A’Hearn, M.F., McFadden, L.A., Belton, M.J.S., 2007.  Photometric analysis and disk-resolved thermal modeling of comet 19P/borrelly from Deep Space 1 data.  Icarus 188, 195-211.
  2. Li, Jian-Yang, et al., 2007.  Deep Impact photometry of comet 9P/Tempel 1.  Icarus 187, 41-55.
  3. Groussin, O., A’Hearn, M.F., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2007.  Surface temperature of the nucleus of comet 9P/Tempel 1.  Icarus 187, 16-25.
  4. Thomas, P.C., Veverka, J., Belton, M.J.S., Hidy, A., A’Hearn, M.F., Farnham, T.L., Groussin, O., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2007.  The shape, topography, and geology of Tempel 1 from Deep Impact observations.  Icarus 187, 4-15.
  5. Belton, M.J.S., et al., 2007.  The internal structure of Jupiter family cometary nuclei from Deep Impact observations: The talps or “layered pile” model.  Icarus 187, 332-344.
  6. Farnham, T.L., Wellnitz, D.D., Hampton, D.L., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2007.  Dust coma morphology in the Deep Impact images of Comet 9P/Tempel 1.  Icarus 187, 26-40.


  1. Li, Jian-Yang, McFadden, L.A., Parker, J.Wm., Young, E.F., Stern, S.A., Thomas, P.C., Russell, C.T., Sykes, M.V., 2006.  Photometric analysis of 1 Ceres and surface mapping from HST observations.  Icarus 182, 143-160.
  2. Sunshine, J.M., A’Hearn, M.F., Groussin, O., Li, J.-Y., et al., 2006.  Exposed water ice deposits on the surface of comet Tempel 1.  Science 311, 1453-1455.

2005 and earlier

  1. A’Hearn, M.F., et al., 2005.  Deep Impact: Excavating comet Tempel 1.  Science 310, 258-264I led photometric analysis of the nucleus during the encounter and flyby.
  2. Meech, K.J., and 208 coauthors, 2005.  Deep Impact: observations from a worldwide Earth-based campaign.  Science 310, 265-269.
  3. Li, Jianyang, A’Hearn, M.F., McFadden, L.A., 2004.  Photometric analysis of Eros from NEAR data.  Icarus 172, 415-431.
  4. Li, Jianyang, Harrington, J.P., Borkowski, K.J., 2002.  The angular expansion and distance of the planetary nebula BD30°3639.  Astronomical Journal 123, 2,676-2,688.  arXiv: 0202170.


  1. Zheng, W. H., Wu, B. M., Yang, D. S.,  Li, J. Y., et al., 2001. Thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity in La1-xCaxMnO3.  Chinese Journal of Low Temperature Physics 3, 57-62. (Chinese)
  2. Wu, B. M.,  Li, J. Y., et al., 1998.  CAI software on low temperature physics.  International Physics Education Newsletter, supplement, 114.
  3. Sheng, S., Wu, B. M., Yang, D. S., Li, J. Y., et al., 1997.  Influence of magnetic transition on the transport properties in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 around Tc.  Chinese Journal of Low Temperature Physics 6, 28-32. (Chinese)

Ph.D. Thesis

Light Scattering Properties of Asteroids and Cometary Nuclei
Advisors: Michael F. A’Hearn, Lucy A. McFadden
University of Maryland at College Park, Department of Astronomy, 2005.