Di Li, Professor, Ph.D. Supervisor
Telephone:  +86-10-64806305
Address:  National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 20A Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Postcode:  100101

Research Areas

Observational study of the Galactic star formation;
Instruments and technologies in radio astronomy;
Astrochemistry and spectroscopy;
Pulsar search and fast radio burst (FRB);
Data analysis and algorithm.


Ph.D.: Astrophysics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY                                                           Feb​2002
Bachelor of Science: Nuclear Physics, Beijing University, Beijing, China                         July 1995
Graduation Certificate: Computer Science, Beijing University, Beijing, China                July 1995


    Dr. Li has lead numerous research programs, including spectroscopic and mapping projects of VLA, GBT, Arecibo, FCRAO, SWAS, Spitzer, Herschel, SOFIA and ALMA. He pioneered several observing and data analysis techniques, including HI narrow self-absorption technique and a new inversion solution to the dust temperature distribution. These techniques facilitate important measurements of star forming regions, such as the formation time scale. His work has been featured on《Nature》magazine as a research highlight. He was awarded the National Research Council (US) “residence research fellow” award and was a member of the NASA outstanding team award (2009). He is now leading the science preparation efforts of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST). He served on the Steering Committee of Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), is now a co-chair of the “Cradle of Life” science working group (SWG) of SKA, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Major-facilities Guidance Group, an adviser to the Breakthrough Listen initiative.

Work Experience

Chief Scientist                                                                                                 Jan 2012 - Present
Radio Astronomy Division, National Astronomical Observatories of China    
Research Scientist                                                                                           Jan 2007- Dec 2011
Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology          
National Research Council Fellow                                                                 May 2005 - Dec 2006
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology
Astronomer                                                                                                     Feb 2002 - May 2005
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Teaching Experience

Honors & Distinctions

Member of Group Achievement Award, NASA, 2010
    citation:“Outstanding achievements in the successful development of critical hardware …”
Residence Research Fellow Award, the National Research Council (US), 2005




Guo, P., Duan, F., Wang, P., Yao, Yao, Yin, Qian, Xin, Xin, Li, Di, Qian, Lei, Wang, Shen, Pan, Zhichen, Zhang, Lei 2019, Pulsar candidate classification using generative adversary networks, MNRAS, 490, 5424

Joseph, T.~D., Filipovic, M.~D., Bojičić, , I., Alexander, E. L., Wong, G. F., Andernach, H., Leverenz, H., Norris, R. P., Alsaberi, R. Z. E., Anderson, C., Barnes, L. A., Bozzetto, L. M., Bufano, F., Bunton, J. D., Cavallaro, F., Collier, J. D., Dénes, H. Fukui, Y., Galvin, T., Haberl, F., Ingallinera, A., Kapinska, A. D., Koribalski, B. S., Kothes, R., Li, D., Maggi, P., Maitra, C., Manojlović, , P., Marvil, J., Maxted, N. I., O'Brien, A. N., Oliveira, J. M., Pennock, C. M., Riggi, S., Rowell, G., Rudnick, L., Sano, H., Sasaki, M., Seymour, N., Soria, R., Stupar, M., Tothill, N. F. H., Trigilio, C., Tsuge, K., Umana, G., Urošević, , D., van Loon, J. Th, Vardoulaki, E., Velović, , V., Yew, M., Leahy, D., Chu, Y. -H., Michałowski, M. J., Kavanagh, P. J., Grieve, K. R. 2019, The ASKAP EMU Early Science Project: radio continuum survey of the Small Magellanic Cloud MNRAS, 490, 1202

Agarwal, D., Lorimer, D.~R., Fialkov, A., Bannister, Keith W., Shannon, Ryan M., Farah, Wael, Bhandari, Shivani, Macquart, Jean-Pierre, Flynn, Chris, Pignata, Giuliano, Tejos, Nicolas, Gregg, Benjamin, Osłowski, Stefan, Rajwade, Kaustubh, Mickaliger, Mitchell B., Stappers, Benjamin W., Li, Di, Zhu, Weiwei, Qian, Lei, Yue, Youling Wang, Pei, Loeb, Abraham 2019, A fast radio burst in the direction of the Virgo Cluster, MNRAS, 490, 1

Zhang, J., Yang, Y., Zhang, C., Yang, Wuming, Li, Di, Bi, Shaolan, Zhang, Xianfei 2019, The mass distribution of Galactic double neutron stars: constraints on the gravitational-wave sources like GW170817, MNRAS, 488, 5020

Zhang, C., Peng, Y., Ho, L.~C., Maiolino, Roberto, Dekel, Avishai, Guo, Qi, Mannucci, Filippo, Li, Di, Yuan, Feng, Renzini, Alvio, Dou, Jing, Guo, Kexin, Man, Zhongyi, Li, Qiong 2019, Nearly all Massive Quiescent Disk Galaxies Have a Surprisingly Large Atomic Gas Reservoir, ApJL, 884, L52

Zhang, L., Hobbs, G., Manchester, R.~N., Li, Di, Wang, Pei, Dai, Shi, Wang, Jingbo, Kaczmarek, Jane F., Cameron, Andrew D., Toomey, Lawrence, Zhu, Weiwei, Zhi, Qijun, Miao, Chenchen, Yuan, Mao, Zhang, Songbo, Tao, Zhenzhao 2019, Wide Bandwidth Observations of Pulsars C, D, and J in 47 Tucanae, ApJL, 885, L37

Liu, M., Li, D., Krco, M., Ho, Luis C., Xu, Duo, Li, Huixian 2019, Numerical Simulation and Completeness Survey of Bubbles in the Taurus and Perseus Molecular Clouds, ApJ, 885, 124

Luo, G., Feng, S., Li, D., Qin, Sheng-Li, Peng, Yaping, Tang, Ningyu, Ren, Zhiyuan, Shi, Hui 2019, Sulfur- bearing Molecules in Orion KL, ApJ, 885, 82

Feng, Y., Li, D., Li, Y., Wang, J. 2019, Constraints on individual supermassive binary black holes using observations of PSR J1909-3744, RAA accepted

Jameson, K. E., McClure-Griffiths, N. M., Liu, B. (Li, D. 11 of 12) et al. 2019. An ATCA Survey of H I Absorption in the Magellanic Clouds. I. H I Gas Temperature Measurements in the Small Magellanic Cloud, ApJS, 244, 7

Yue, Youling and Li, Di, 2019, Big Data Challenges of FAST, Big Scientific Data Management. BigSDM 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11473.

Wu, Y., Liu, X., Chen, X., Lin, Lianghao, Yuan, Jinghua, Zhang, Chao, Liu, Tie, Shen, Zhiqiang, Li, Juan, Wang, Junzhi, Qin, Sheng-Li, Kim, Kee-Tae, Liu, Hongli, Zhu, Lei, Madones, Diego, Inostroza, Natalia, Henkel, C., Zhang, Tianwei, Li, Di, Esimbek, Jarken Liu, Qinghui 2019, Carbon-Chain Molecules in Molecular Outflows and Lupus I Region--New Producing Region and New Forming Mechanism, MNRAS, 488, 495

Wang, J.-W., Lai, S.-P., Eswaraiah, C. ( Li, D. out of 133) et al. 2019, JCMT BISTRO Survey: Magnetic Fields within the Hub-filament Structure in IC 5146, ApJ, 876, 42

Coude, S., Bastien, P., Houde, M. (Li, D. 76 of 121) et al. 2019, The JCMT BISTRO Survey: The Magnetic Field of the Barnard 1 Star-forming Region, ApJ, 877, 88

Yang, Yi-Yan, Zhang, Cheng-Min, Li, Di, Chen, Li, Linghu, Rong-Feng, Zhi, Qi-Jun 2019, The Classifications of Double Neutron Stars and their Correlations with the Binary Orbital Parameters, PASP, 131, 4201

Zhang, L., Li, D., Hobbs, G. et al. 2019, PSR J1926-0652: A Pulsar with Interesting Emission Properties Discovered at FAST, ApJ, 877, 55

Qian, L., Pan, Z., Li, D., Hobbs, G., Zhu, W., Wang, P., Liu, Z., Yue, Y., Zhu, Y., Liu, H., Yu, D., Sun, J., Jiang, P., Pan, G., Li, H., Gan, H., Yao, R., Xie, X., Camilo, F., Cameron, A., Zhang, L., Wang, S. 2019, The first pulsar discovered by FAST, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 62, 959508

Wang, H., Zhu, W., Guo, P., Li, D., Feng, S., Yin, Q., Miao, C., Tao, Z., Pan, Z., Wang, P., Zheng, X., Deng, X., Liu, Z., Xie, X., Yu, X., You, S., Zhang, H. 2019, Pulsar candidate selection using ensemble networks for FAST drift-scan survey, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 62, 959507

Zhang, K., Wu, J., Li, D., Krčo, M., Staveley-Smith, L., Tang, N., Qian, L., Liu, M., Jin, C., Yue, Y., Zhu, Y., Liu, H., Yu, D., Sun, J., Pan, G. Li, H., Gan, H., Yao, R. 2019, Status and perspectives of the CRAFTS extra- galactic HI survey, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 62, 959506

Jiang, P., Yue, Y., Gan, H., Yao, R., Li, H., Pan, G., Sun, J. Yu, D., Liu, H., Tang, N., Qian, L., Lu, J., Yan, J., Peng, B., Zhang, S., Wang, Q., Li, Q., Li, D. 2019, Commissioning progress of the FAST, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 62, 959502

Yang, Y.Y., Zhang, C.M., Li, D., Chen, L., Linghu, R. F., Zhi, Q. J., Pan, Y. Y., Menezes, D., Chardonnet, P. 2019, Gravitational wave GW170817: A new-born sub-millisecond pulsar and the properties of coalescing double neutron stars, New Astronomy, 70, 51

Xie, Y.W., Wang, J.B., Hobbs, G., Li, Di, Zhang, Jie, Dai, Shi, Cameron, Andrew, Kaczmarek, Jane, Zhang, Lei, Miao, Chenchen, Yuan, M., Wang, S., Zhang, S., Xu, R. 2019, Flux density measurements for 32 pulsars in the 20 cm band, RAA, 19, 103

Zarka, P., Li, D., Griesmeier, J.M., Lamy, Laurent, Girard, Julien N., Hess, Sébastien L. G., Lazio, T. Joseph W., Hallinan, Gregg 2019, Detecting exoplanets with FAST?, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 19, 023

Zhang, J.S., Li, D., Wang, J.Z., Zhu, Q.F., & Li, J. 2019, The potential of FAST in detecting celestial hydroxyl masers and related science topics, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 19, 022

Heiles, C., Li, D., McClure-Griffiths, N., Qian, L., & Liu, S. 2019, The interstellar medium: the key component in galactic evolution and modern cosmology, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 19, 017

Li, D., Dickey, J.M., & Liu, S. 2019, Preface: Planning the scientific applications of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 19, 016

Eden, D.J., Liu, T., Kim, K.T., (Li, D. 11 out of 153) et al. 2019, SCOPE: SCUBA-2 Continuum Observations of Pre-protostellar Evolution - Survey Description and Compact Source Catalogue, accepted by MNRAS

Liu, J., Qiu, K., Berry, D., (Li, D. 13 out of 121) et al. 2019, The JCMT BISTRO Survey: The Magnetic Field In The Starless Core rho Ophiuchus C, ApJ, 877, 43L

Peng, F.K., Xi, S.Q., Wang, X.Y., Zhi, Q.J., & Li, D. 2019, Comparative study of gamma-ray emission from molecular clouds and star-forming galaxies, A&A, 621, A70



Zhang, G.Y., Xu, J.L., Vasyunin, A.I. (Li, D. 12 out of 16) et al. 2018, “Physical properties and chemical composition of the cores in the California molecular cloud”, A&A, 620, 163

Liu, T., Kim, K.-T., Liu, S.-Y., (Li, D 21 out of 25) et al. 2018, “Compressed Magnetic Field in the Magnetically Regulated Global Collapsing Clump of G9.62+0.19”, ApJL, 869, L5

Zhang, Z.B., Chandra, P., Huang, Y.F. & Li, D. 2018, The Redshift Dependence of the Radio Flux of Gamma- Ray Bursts and Their Host Galaxies, ApJ, 865, 82

Qian, L., Li, D., Gao, Y., Xu, H. & Pan, Z. 2018, Studies of Turbulence Dissipation in Taurus Molecular Cloud with Core Velocity Dispersion (CVD), ApJ, 864, 116

Zuo, P., Li, D., Peek, J.E.G., Chang, Q., Zhang, X. , Chapman, N., Goldsmith, P.F. & Zhang, Z.Y. 2018, Catching the Birth of a Dark Molecular Cloud for the First Time, ApJ, 867, 13

Pan, Y. Y., Zhang, C. M., Song, L. M., Wang, N., Li, D. & Yang, Y. Y. 2018, The minimum magnetic field of millisecond pulsars calculated according to accretion: application to the X-ray neutron star SAX J1808.4-3658 in a low-mass X-ray binaryMNRAS, 480, 692

Zuo, P., Xu, C.K., Yun, M.S., Lisenfeld, U., Li, D. & Cao, C. 2018, H I Observations of Major-merger Pairs at z = 0: Atomic Gas and Star Formation, ApJS, 237, 2

Nguyen, H., Dawson, J.R., Miville-Deschenes, M.A., Tang, N., Li, D., Heiles, C., Murray, C.E., Stanimirović, S., Gibson, S.J., McClure-Griffiths, N.M., Troland, T., Bronfman, L. & Finger, R. 2018, Dust–Gas Scaling Relations and OH Abundance in the Galactic ISM, ApJ, 862, 49

Soam, A., Pattle, K., Ward-Thompson, D., (Li, D 57 out of 125) et al. 2018, Magnetic Fields toward Ophiuchus-B Derived from SCUBA-2 Polarization Measurements, ApJ, 861, 65

Gong, B.P., Li, Y.P., Yuan, J.P., Tian, J., Zhang, Y. Y., Li, D., Jiang, B., Li, X.D., Wang, H. G., Zou, Y.C. & Shao, L. J. 2018, Searching Ultra-compact Pulsar Binaries with Abnormal Timing Behavior, ApJ, 855, 35

Qian, L., Dong, X.B., Xie, F.G., Liu, W., & Li, D. 2018, Low-mass Active Galactic Nuclei on the Fundamental Plane of Black Hole Activity, ApJ, 860, 134

Liu, P., Wang, Pei, Li, D., Zhang, J., Zhang, L., Zheng, C.M., Zhu, W.W., Yue, Y.L. & Dai, Shi 2018, Simulation of the FAST Drift-scan Pulsar Search, Progress in Astronomy, 36, 2

Yi, H.W., Lee, J.E., Liu, T., (Li, D 16 out 32) et al. 2018, Planck Cold Clumps in the λ Orionis Complex. II. Environmental Effects on Core Formation, ApJS, 236, 51

Zhang, C.P., Liu, T., Yuan, J., (Li, D 7 out 26) 2018, The TOP-SCOPE Survey of PGCCs: PMO and SCUBA-2 Observations of 64 PGCCs in the Second Galactic Quadrant, ApJS, 236, 49

Liu, T., Li, P.S., Juvela, M., (Li, D 26 out 57) 2018, A Holistic Perspective on the Dynamics of G035.39-00.33: The Interplay between Gas and Magnetic Fields, ApJ, 859, 151

Liu, T., (Li, D 11 out 146) et al. 2018 The TOP-SCOPE Survey of Planck Galactic Cold Clumps: Survey Overview and Results of an Exemplar Source, PGCC G26.53+0.1, ApJS, 234, 28

Li, D.*, Wang, Pei, Qian, Lei, Krco, Marko, Dunning, Alex, Jiang, Peng, Yue, Youling, Jin, Chenjin, Zhu, Yan, Pan, Zhichen, Nan, Rendong 2018, “Considerations for a Multi-beam Multi-purpose Survey with FAST”, IEEE Microwave, Vol. 19, Issue 3, p112-119 (arxiv:1802.03709)

Li, Di*, Tang, Ningyu*, Nguyen, Hiep, Dawson, J. R., Heiles, Carl, Xu, Duo, Pan, Zhichen, Goldsmith, Paul F., Gibson, Steven J., Murray, Claire E., Robishaw, Tim, McClure-Griffiths, N. M., Dickey, John, Pineda, Jorge, Stanimirović, Snežana, Bronfman, L., Troland, Thomas, the PRIMO collaboration, “Where is OH and Does It Trace the Dark Molecular Gas (DMG)?”, ApJS, 235, 1

Finger, R., Curotto, F., Fuentes, R., Duan, R., Bronfman, L., Li, D. 2018, “A FPGA-based Fast Converging Digital Adaptive Filter for Real-time RFI Mitigation on Ground Based Radio Telescopes”, PASP, Volume 130, Issue 984, pp. 025002



Li, J., Shen, Z., Wang, J., Chen, X., Li, D., Wu, Y., Dong, J., Zhao, R., Gou, W., Wang, J. Li, S. Wang, B, Zheng, X. 2017, “Widespread Presence of Glycolaldehyde and Ethylene Glycol around Sagittarius B”2, ApJ, 849, 2

Xu, Yu-yun, LI Di, LIU Zhi-jie, WANG CHEN, WANG Pei, ZHANG lei, PAN Zhi-Chen, 2017 “Application of Artificia Iintelligence in the Selection of Pulsar Candidate”, Progress in Astronomy, 35, 3

Shang, L.-H., Zhang, C.-M., Li, D., Wang, De-Hua, Wang, Shuang-Qiang, Wang, Pei, Pan, Yuan-Yue, Yang, Yi-Yan, Zhi, Qi-Jun 2017, “State Switching of the X-Ray/Radio Transitional Millisecond Pulsar”, ApJ, 849, 87

Shang, L.H., Lu, J.G., Du, Y.J. Hao L.F., Li, D., Lee, K.J., Li, B. Li, L.X., Qiao, G.J., Shen, Z.Q., Wang, D.H., Wang, M. Wu, X.J., Wu, Y.J., Xu, R.X., Yue, Y.L., Yan, Z., Zhi, Q.J., Zhao, R.B., Zhao, R.S et al. 2017, “Investigating the multifrequency pulse profiles of PSRs B0329+54 and B1642-03 in an inverse Compton scattering model”, MNRAS, 468, 4389

Liu, Tie, Lacy, John, Li, Pak Shing, Wang, Ke, Qin, Sheng-Li, Zhang, Qizhou, Kim, Kee-Tae, Garay, Guido, Wu, Yuefang, Mardones, Diego, Zhu, Qingfeng, Tatematsu, Ken'ichi, Hirota, Tomoya, Ren, Zhiyuan, Liu, Sheng-Yuan, Chen, Huei-Ru, Su, Yu-Nung & Li, Di 2017, “ALMA Reveals Sequential High-mass Star Formation in the G9.62+0.19 Complex”, ApJ, 849, 25L

Ward-Thompson, D., Pattle, K., Bastien, P., (Li, D 23 out of 104) et al. 2017, “First Results from BISTRO: A SCUBA-2 Polarimeter Survey of the Gould Belt”, ApJ, 842, 66

Yu, H.R., Pen, U.L., Zhang, T.J., Li, D. & Chen, X. 2017, “Blind search for 21-cm absorption systems using a new generation of Chinese radio telescopes”, RAA, 17, 049

Lin, Yuxin, Liu, Hauyu Baobab, Dale, James E., Li, Di, Busquet, Gemma, Zhang, Zhi-Yu, Ginsburg, Adam, Galván-Madrid, Roberto, Kovács, Attila, Koch, Eric, Qian, Lei, Wang, Ke, Longmore, Steve, Chen, Huei-Ru, Walker, Daniel 2017, “Cloud Structure of Three Galactic Infrared Dark Star-forming Regions from Combining Ground- and Space-based Bolometric Observations”, ApJ, 840, 22

Tang*, N., Li, D.*, Heiles, C., Yue, N., Dawson, J., Goldsmith, P.F., Krčo, M., McClure-Griffiths, N., Wang, S., Zuo, P., Pineda, J. and Wang, J. 2017, “OH Survey along Sightlines of Galactic Observations of Terahertz C+”, ApJ, 839, 8

Tatematsu, Ken’ichi et al. 2017, “Astrochemical Properties of Planck Cold Clumps”, ApJS, 228, 12

Peng, Yaping, Qin, Sheng-Li, Schilke, Peter, Sánchez-Monge, Álvaro, Wu, Yuefang, Liu, Tie, Li, Di, Möller, Thomas, Liu, Sheng-Yuan, Feng, Siyi, Liu, Ying, Luo, Gan, Zhang, Li& Rong, Jia-Lei 2017, “ALMA Observations of Vibrationally Excited HC3N Lines Toward Orion KL”, ApJ, 837, 49

Pan, Z.*, Li, D.*, Chang, Q., Qian, L., Bergin, E.A., Wang, J. 2017, “Large-Scale Spectroscopic Mapping of the ρ-Ophiuchi Molecular Cloud Complex I. The C2H to N2H+$ Ratio as a Signpost of Cloud Characteristics”, ApJ, 836, 194

Li, L.B., Huang, Y.F., Zhang, Z.B., Li, D., Li, B. 2017, “Intensity distribution function and statistical properties of fast radio bursts, RAA, 17, 6

Yang, Yi-Yan, Zhang, Cheng-Min, Li, Di, Wang, De-Hua, Pan, Yuan-Yue, Lingfu, Rong-Feng, Zhou, Zhu-Wen 2017, “Similarity of PSR J1906+0746 TO PSR J0737–3039: A Candidate of a New Double Pulsar System?”, ApJ, 835, 135



Xu, D. & Li, D.* 2016, “CH as a Molecular Gas Tracer and C-shock Tracer Across a Molecular Cloud Boundary in Taurus”, ApJ, 833, 90

Zhang, X., Yu, X., Duan, R., Li, D., Hao, J & Jin, C. 2016 “FAST Digital Backend and Algorithm Simulation for Broadband Million Channel Spectrometer”, Progress in Astronomy, 34, 2

Liu, T., Kim, K.-T...Li, D. (18 of 21) 2016, “Star Formation Laws in Both Galactic Massive Clumps and External Galaxies: Extensive Study with Dust Coninuum, HCN (4-3), and CS (7-6)”, ApJS, 829, 21

Zhang, L., Hobbs, G., Li, D., Lorimer, D., Zhang, J., Yu, M.; Yue, Y.; Wang, P. , Pan, Z., Dai, S. 2016, “Wide-bandwidth drift-scan pulsar surveys of globular clusters: application to early science observations with FAST”, RAA, 16, 151

Tang, N., Li, D.*, Heiles, C., Wang, S., Pan, Z. & Wang, J. 2016, "Physical properties of CO-dark molecular gas traced by C+", A&A, 593, A42

Lin, Y.-X., Liu, H.-B.,Li, D., Zhang Z.-Y., Ginsburg, A., Pineda, J. E., Qian, L., Galván-Madrid, R., McLeod, A. F., Rosolowsky, E., Dale, J. E., Immer, K., Koch, E., Longmore, S., Walker, D., Testi, L. 2016, “Cloud Structure of Galactic OB Cluster-forming Regions from Combining Ground- and Space-based Bolometric Observations”, ApJ, 828, 32

Li, D.*, Pan, Z. 2016, “The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope Project”, Radio Science, EGU Publication, Volume 51, Issue 7, p1060-1064

Ren, Z.Y. &Li, D.2016, “Massive Quiescent Cores in Orion. VI. The Internal Structures and a Candidate of Transiting Core in NGC 2024 Filament”, ApJ, 824, 52

Pan, Z., Hobbs, G.,Li, D., Ridolfi, A., Wang, P., Freire, P.  2016,  “Discovery of two new pulsars in 47 Tucanae (NGC 104)” 2016, MNRAS, 459, L26

Wang, B.-R., Qian, L.,Li, D., & Pan, Z.C. 2016, Water abundance in four of the brightest water sources in the southern sky”, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 16, 003

Liu, T., Zhang, Q., Kim, K., Wu, Y.-F., Lee, C.-W., Goldsmith, P. F.,Li, D., Liu, S.-Y., Chen, H -R., Tatematsu, K., Wang, K., Lee, J.-E., Qin, S.-L., Mardones, D., Cho, S.-H. 2016, “Discovery of an Extremely Wide-angle Bipolar Outflow in AFGL 5142”, ApJ, 824, 31

Xu, J.-L.,Li, D., Zhang, C.-P., Liu, X.-L., Wang, J.-J., Ning, C.-C., Ju, B.-G.  2016,  “Gas Kinematics and Star Formation in the Filamentary IRDC G34.43+0.24”, ApJ, 819, 117

Xu, D.,Li, D.*, Yue, N. & Goldsmith, P. F. 2016, “Evolution of OH and CO-Dark Molecular Gas Fraction across a Molecular Cloud Boundary in Taurus”,  ApJ, 819, 22

Liu, T., Zhang, Q., Kim,  K.-T…Li, D.(24 of 40)  2016, “Planck Cold Clumps in the λ Orionis Complex. I. Discovery of an Extremely Young Class 0 Protostellar Object and a Proto-brown Dwarf Candidate in the Bright-rimmed Clump PGCC G192.32-11.88”, ApJS, 222, 7



Li, D., Xu, D., Heiles, C., Pan, Z., & Tang, N. 2015, “Quantifying Dark Gas”, Publication of Korean Astronomical Society, 30, 75

Qian, L.,Li, D., Offner,  S., & Pan, Z. 2015, “A New Method for Constraining Molecular Cloud Thickness: A Study of Taurus, Perseus, and Ophiuchus”, ApJ, 811, 71 

Li, H.-X.,Li, D.*, Qian L., Xu D., Goldsmith P. F., Noriega-Crespo A., Wu Y. -F., Song Y. -F., Nan R. -D. 2015, “Outflows and Bubbles in Taurus: Star-formation Feedback Sufficient to Maintain Turbulence”, ApJS, 219, 20

Liu, T., Kim, K.-T., Wu, Y.-F.,Li, D., Lee, C.-W., De Pree, C. G., Qin, S.-L., Wang, K., Tatematsu, K., Zhang, Q.-Z., Mardones, D., Liu, S.-Y., Cho, S.-H. 2015, ApJ, “Extremely Energetic Outflow and Decelerated Expansion in W49N”, 810, 147

Li, L.-B., Zhang, Z.-B., Huang, Y.-F., Wu, X.-F., Kong, S.-W.,Li, D., Chang, H.-Y., Choi, C.-S. 2015, “Radio afterglows and host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts”, MNRAS, 451, 1815

Li, J., Wang, J., Zhu, Q.,  Zhang, J., &Li, D.2015, “Sulfur-bearing Molecules in Massive Star-forming Regions: Observations of OCS, CS, H2S, and SO” ApJ, 802, 40  

Zhang, G.,Li, D.*, Hyde,  A.~K., et al. 2015, “350 mum map of the Ophiuchus molecular cloud: core mass function”, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 58,  15  

Zhang, Z.-B., Kong,  S.-W., Huang, Y.-F.,Li, D.,  & Li, L.-B. 2015, “Detecting radio afterglows of gamma-ray bursts with FAST”, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 15, 237   

McClure-Griffiths, N.~M., Stanimirovic, S., Murray, C.~E.,Li, D.,Dickey, John M., Vazquez-Semadeni, Enrique, Peek, Josh E. G., Putman, Mary; Clark, Susan E., Miville-Deschenes, Marc-Antoineet, Bland-Hawthorn, Joss; Staveley-Smith, Lister 2015,  “Galactic and Magellanic Evolution with the SKA”, arXiv:1501.01130 



Wang, J., Zhang, J. Gao, Yu, Zhang, Z.,Li, D., Fang, M. & Yong, S. 2014, “SiO and CH3OH mega-masers in NGC 1068”,  Nature Communications, 5, 5449

Schnee, S., Mason, B., Di Francesco, J., Friesen, R.,Li, D., Sadavoy, S., Stanke, T.  2014, “Evidence for large grains in the star-forming filament OMC 2/3”, MNRAS, 444, 2303S

P Palau, A., Zapata, L.A.,  Rodr'iguez, L.F., Bouy, Hervé; Barrado, David; Morales-Calderón, María; Myers, Philip C.; Chapman, Nicholas; Juárez, Carmen;Li, Di,  2014, “IC 348-SMM2E: a Class 0 proto-brown dwarf candidate forming as a scaled-down version of low-mass stars”, MNRAS, 444, 833   

Phan-Bao, N., Lee,  C.-F., Ho, P.T.P., Dang-Duc, C., &Li, D., 2014, “Characterization of Molecular Outflows in The Substellar Domain”, arXiv:1408.4506   

Ren, Z., Wu, Y., Liu, T., Li, L.;Li, D.; Ju, B. 2014, “A CO observation of the Galactic methanol masers”, A&A, 567, A40   

Ren, Z.,Li, D.*,  & Chapman, N. 2014, “Massive Quiescent Cores in Orion. V. The Internal Structures and Physical and Chemical Properties of Two Extremely Dense Cores”, ApJ, 788, 172



Li, H.,Li, D., & Nan, R. 2013, “Feedback of outflows in the Taurus Molecular Cloud”, IAU Symposium, 292, 47

Yue, Y., Li, D., & Nan, R. 2013, “FAST low frequency pulsar survey”, IAU Symposium, 291, 577

Li, D., Nan, R., & Pan, Z. 2013, “The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope project and its early science opportunities”, IAU Symposium, 291, 325

Li, D., J. Kauffmann, Q. Zhang & W. Chen, “Massive quiescent cores in Orion. IV. Their dynamic state revealed by high resolution ammonia maps” 2013, ApJL, 768, 5L



Qian, L.,Li, D.*,  & Goldsmith, P.  2012, “13CO Cores in Taurus Molecular Cloud”, 2012, ApJ, 760, 147

Li, D.& Goldsmith, Paul F., “Is the Taurus B213 Region a True Filament?: Observations of Multiple Cyanoacetylene Transitions”, 2012, ApJ, 756, 12

Zhang, J.S.,Li, D., & Wang, J.Z. 2012, IAU Symposium, 287, 350

Wu, Y., Liu, T., Meng, F.,Li, D., Qin, S. & Ju, B. 2012, “Gas Emission in Planck cold dust clumps---A Survey of the J=1-0 Transitions of 12CO, 13CO, and C18O”, 2012, ApJ, 756, 76

Melnick, Gary J.; Tolls, Volker; Goldsmith, Paul F.; Kaufman, Michael J.; Hollenbach, David J.; Black, John H.; Encrenaz, Pierre; Falgarone, Edith; Gerin, Maryvonne; Hjalmarson, Åke;Li, Di; Lis, Dariusz C.; Liseau, René; Neufeld, David A.; Pagani, Laurent; Snell, Ronald L.; van der Tak, Floris & van Dishoeck, Ewine F., “Herschel Search for O2 toward the Orion Bar”, 2012, ApJ, 752, 26

Liseau, R.; Goldsmith, P. F.; Larsson, B.; Pagani, L.; Bergman, P.; Le Bourlot, J.; Bell, T. A.; Benz, A. O.; Bergin, E. A.; Bjerkeli, P.; Black, J. H.; Bruderer, S.; Caselli, P.; Caux, E.; Chen, J.-H.; de Luca, M.; Encrenaz, P.; Falgarone, E.; Gerin, M.; Goicoechea, J. R.; Hjalmarson, Å.; Hollenbach, D. J.; Justtanont, K.; Kaufman, M. J.; Le Petit, F.;Li, D.; Lis, D. C.; Melnick, G. J.; Nagy, Z.; Olofsson, A. O. H.; Olofsson, G.; Roueff, E.; Sandqvist, Aa.; Snell, R. L.; van der Tak, F. F. S.; van Dishoeck, E. F.; Vastel, C.; Viti, S.; Yıldız, U. A., “Multi-line detection of O2 toward ρ Ophuichi A”, 2012, A&A, 541, 73



Goldsmith, P. Liseau, R., Bell T., Chen J., Kaufman, M.,Li, D., Lis, D., Melnick, G., Neufeld, D.,Hollenbach, D., Snell, R., Benz, R., Bergin, E., Black, J., Bruderer, J., Caselli1, P., Caux, E., Encrenaz, P., Falgarone, E., Gerin, M., Goicoechea, J., Hjalmarson, A., Larsson, B., Bourlot, J., Le Petit1, F., Luca, M., Nagy, Z., Olofsson, H., Pagani, L., Roueff, E., Sandqvist, A., van der Tak, F., van Dishoeck, E., Vastel, C., Viti, S. & Yildiz, U. 2011, “Herschel Observation of Molecular Oxygen in Orion”, 2011, ApJ, 737, 96

Nan, R, Li, D., Jin, C., Wang, Q., Zhu, L., Zhu, W., Zhang, H., Yue, Y. & Qian, L. 2011, “THE FIVE-HUNDRED-METER APERTURE SPHERICAL RADIO TELESCOPE (FAST) PROJECT”,  International Journal of Modern Physics D, Volume No.20, Issue No. 6 (arXiv:1105.3794)

Chapman, N.L., Goldsmith, P.F., Pineda, J.L., Clemens, D.P.,Li, D., & Krco, M. 2011, “The Magnetic Field in Taurus Probed by Infrared Polarization”, ApJ, 741, 21

Melnick, G. J.; Tolls, V.; Snell, R.; Bergin, E.; Hollenbach, D.; Kaufman, M.;Li, D.; Neufeld, D. 2011, “Distribution of Water Vapor in Molecular Clouds”, ApJ, 727, 13



Pineda, J.L., Velusamy, T., Langer, W.D., Goldsmith, P.F.,Li., D., Yorke, H.W.,  2010, “A sample of [C II clouds tracing dense clouds in weak FUV fields observed by Herschel”, A&A 521, 19

Velusamy, T., Langer, W.D., Pineda, J.L., Goldsmith, P.F., Li., D., & Yorke, H.W. 2010, “[CII observations of H2 molecular layers in transition clouds” A&A 521, 18

Langer, W.D., Velusamy, T., Pineda, J.L., Goldsmith, P.F.,Li, D., & Yorke, H.W. 2010, “C+ detection of warm dark gas in diffuse clouds”, A&A 521, 17

Lis, D.C., et al. 2010, “Herschel/HIFI discovery of interstellar chloronium (H2Cl+)”, A&A 521, 9

Tian, W., Leahy, D.A.,Li, D., 2010, “The Distance to the SNR CTB 109/AXP 1E 2259+586 System”,  MNRAS, 404, K1

Qin, S.L., Wu, Y., Huang, M., Zhao, G.,Li, D., Wang, J.J., & Chen, S. 2010, High-Resolution Submillimeter Multiline Observations of G19.61 - 0.23: Small-Scale Chemistry, ApJ, 711, 399

Goldsmith, P.F.,  Velusamy, T.,Li, D., & Langer, W.D. 2010, Molecular Hydrogen Emission from the Boundaries of the Taurus Molecular Cloud, ApJ, 715, 1370  

Pineda, J.L.,  Goldsmith, P.F., Chapman, N., Snell, R.L.,Li, D., Cambresy, L.,  & Brunt, C. 2010, The Relation Between Gas and Dust in the Taurus Molecular Cloud , ApJ, 721, 686


1999 - 2009:

Smits, R., Lorimer, D.R., Kramer, M., Manchester, R., Stappers, B., Jin, C.J., Nan, R.D., &Li, D.2009, Pulsar science with the Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, A&A, 505, 919

Krco, M., Goldsmith, P.F., Brown, R.L., &Li, D.2008, “An Improved Technique for Measurement of Cold H I in Molecular Cloud Cores”, ApJ ,689, 276

Velusamy, T., Peng, R.,Li, D., Goldsmith, P.F., & Langer, W.D. 2008, “Dichotomy in the Dynamical Status of Massive Cores in Orion”, ApJL, 688, L87

Goldsmith, P., Heyer, M., Narayanan, G., Snell, R.,Li, D.& Brunt, C., 2008, “Large--Scale Structure of the Molecular Gas in Taurus Revealed by High Spatial Dynamic Range Spectral Line Mapping”, ApJ 680,428

Narayanan, G., Heyer, M., Brunt, C., Goldsmith, P., Snell, R. &Li, D.2008, “The Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory CO Mapping Survey of the Taurus Molecular Cloud”, ApJS, 177, 341

Li, D., Velusamy, T., Goldsmith, P.F. & Langer, W.,  2007, “Massive Quiescent Cores in Orion part II – Core Mass Function”, ApJ, 655, 351

Goldsmith, P.F.,Li, D.& Krco, M. , 2007, “The transition from Atomic to Molecular Hydrogen in Interstellar Clouds: the 525px Signature of the Evolution of Cold Atomic Hydrogen in Dense Cluods”, ApJ, 654, 273

Ridge, N., Di Francesco, J., Kirk, H.,Li, D., Goodman, A., Alves, J., Arce, H., Borkin, M., Caselli, P., Foster, J., Heyer, M., D. Johnstone, D. Kosslyn, M. Lombardi, J. Pineda, S. Schnee, M. Tafalla , 2006, “The COMPLETE Survey of Star-Forming Regions: Phase I Data”,  AJ, 131, 2921

Goldsmith, P.F &Li, D.2005, HI Narrow Self--Absorption in Dark Clouds: Correlations with Molecular Gas and Implications for Cloud Evolution and Star Formation, ApJ, 622, 938

Zubko, V.,Li, D., Lim, T., Feuchtgruber, H. & Harwit, M. 2004, Observations of Water Vapor Outflow from NML Cygnus, ApJ, 610, 427

Li, D.& Goldsmith, P. F. 2003, HI Narrow Self Absorption in Dark Clouds, ApJ, 585, 823

Li, D., Goldsmith, P.F. & Menten, K. 2003, Massive Quiescent Cores in Orion I. Temperature Structure, ApJ, 587, 262

Darling, J., Goldsmith, P. F.,Li, D.& Giovanelli, R. 2003, A Search for 6.7 GHz Methanol Masers in OH Megamaser Galaxies at 0.11 < z < 0.27, AJ, 125, 1177

Goldsmith, P. F.,Li, D., Bergin, E. A., Melnick, G. J., Tolls, V., Howe, J. E., Snell, R. L., & Neufeld, D. A. 2002, Tentative Detection of Molecular Oxygen in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud, ApJ, 576, 814

Li, D., Goldsmith, P.F. & Xie, T. 1999, A New Method For Determining the Dust Temperature Distribution, ApJ, 522, 897



Research Interests

Observational study of the Galactic star formation;
Instruments and technologies in radio astronomy;
Astrochemistry and spectroscopy;
Pulsar search and fast radio burst (FRB);
Data analysis and algorithm.


"Introduction to the Largest Aperture Spherical Telescope in the World", 2015 IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, 2015-10, Cyprus, Di Li
"The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope", Chinese Astronomical Society Annual Meeting 2015, 2015-10, Di Li
"Initial Conditions of Massive Star Formation", The Olympian Symposium on Star Formation, 2014-05, Greece, Di Li
"Quantifying Dark Molecular Gas", The Asia-Pacific IAU Regional Meeting, 2014-08, Korea, Di Li
"The Status of Science Preparation for FAST and Possible Synergy Between FAST and TMT", 2014 KIAA-PKU Astrophysics Forum, 2014-11, Beijing, Di Li
"Millimeter and Submillimeter Spectroscopy in Space", The 38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, 2013-09, Germany, Di Li
"Tracing the Transition from Atoms to Molecules", From atoms to pebbles: HERSCHEL’s view of Star and Planet Formation Symposium, 2012-09, France,Di Li
"The Promise of a Giant Radio Telescope", The 28th IAU General Assembly, 2012-08, Beijing,Di Li
"FAST Project", The International Pulsar Timing Array: Current and Future Telescopes, 2012-06, Australia,Di Li
"The Core Velocity Dispersion (CVD) for Taurus Dense Core Clusters", 220th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 2012-06, America,Di Li
"From Atoms to Stars: Key Science Goals of FAST", the 5th Sino-Frech Workshop in Astronomy, 2012-03, France,Di Li


Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
Peking University,
Tsinghua University,
Guizhou Normal University