California Institute of
    Division of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy

Darek Lis

CV  Publications

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" (CBC Quirks & Quarks)

Oceans of Water in a Planet-Forming DIsk
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-

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

Fax: +1-626-796-8806
Email: dcl @

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

CSO Caltech Submillimeter Observatory  |   Herschel Space Observatory Herschel