California Institute of
    Division of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy

Darek Lis

CV   Publications

Interstellar Trifecta

Discovery of Interstellar Chloronium

Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water

Ocean-Like Water in a Comet

"Fingerprints in Water" (CBC Quirks & Quarks)

Oceans of Water in a Planet-Forming Disk

Star Formation and Feedback in L1689N
Dariusz C. (Darek) Lis

Visiting Associate in Physics

Ph. D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989. Research Fellow in Physics, Caltech, 1989-92; Senior Research Fellow in Physics, 1992-98; Senior Research Associate in Physics, 1998-2015; Deputy Director of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, 2009-14; Visiting Associate in Physics 2015- ; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Scientist 2019-

Office: Cahill
MC 301-17
Pasadena, CA 91125

Email: dcl @

Research Interests:
  • Molecular astrophysics and astrochemistry of the interstellar medium, isotopic fractionation, deuteration.
  • Volatile composition of comets.
  • Evolution of the molecular complexity, from the interstellar medium to the solar system objects.
  • Molecular cloud structure and star formation.
  • Interstellar medium in high-redshift galaxies.

CSO Caltech Submillimeter Observatory

Herschel Space Observatory