California Institute of Technology
    Division of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy

Darek Lis


Discovery of Interstellar Fully Deuterated Ammonia

Discovery of Interstellar Chloronium

Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water

Ocean-Like Water in a Comet

"Fingerprints in Water"

Oceans of Water in a Planet-Forming DIsk
Dariusz C. (Darek) Lis

Senior Research Associate in Physics

Ph. D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989. Research Fellow, Caltech, 1989-92; Senior Research Fellow, 1992-98; Senior Research Associate, 1998-; Deputy Director, Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, 2009-14

Office: 303 Cahill
MC 301-17
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: +1-626-395-6617
Fax: +1-626-796-8806
Email: dcl @

Research Interests:
  • Molecular astrophysics and astrochemistry of the interstellar medium, isotopic fractionation, deuteration, absorption spectroscopy of light hydrides.
  • Submillimeter and far-infrared continuum and spectroscopic studies of high-mass star-forming regions.
  • Volatile composition of comets.
  • Interstellar medium in high-redshift galaxies.

CSO Caltech Submillimeter Observatory  |   Herschel Space Observatory Herschel