Chief Scientist

Di Li

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
Work Experience:
Chief Scientist                                                                                                  July 2018 – present
The Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) project
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 
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
Representative Publication:

· Feng Y., Li D.*Yang Y.-P. et al. 2022, Science, 375, 1266

Frequency-dependent polarization of repeating fast radio bursts-implications for their origin

· Ching T. -C.,  Li D.*Heiles, C. et al. 2022, Natur, 601, 49

An early transition to magnetic supercriticality in star formation

· Wang P.Li D.*Clark C. J. et al. 2021, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 64, 129562

FAST discovery of an extremely radio-faint millisecond pulsar from the Fermi-LAT unassociated source 3FGL J0318.1+0252

· Li D.Wang P., Zhu W. W. et al. 2021, Natur, 598, 267

A bimodal burst energy distribution of a repeating fast radio burst source

· Yao J. M., Zhu W. W., Manchester R. N., Coles W. A., Li D.* et al. 2021, Nature Astronomy, 5, 788

Evidence for three-dimensional spin-velocity alignment in a pulsar

· Li D., Wang P., Qian, L. et al. 2018, IEEE Microwave Magazine, 19, 112

FAST in Space: Considerations for a Multibeam, Multipurpose Survey Using China's 500-m Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST)

· Li D., Tang, N. Y., Nguyen, H. et al. 2018, ApJS, 235, 1

Where is OH and Does It Trace the Dark Molecular Gas (DMG)?

· Nan R. D., Li D.*, Jin, C. J. et al. 2011, International Journal of Modern Physics D, 20, 989

The Five-Hundred Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (fast) Project

· Li D., Goldsmith P. F. & Menten K. 2003, ApJ, 587, 262

Massive Quiescent Cores in Orion. I. Temperature Structure

· Li D. & Goldsmith P. F. 2003, ApJ, 585, 823 

Publications list: ADS Library

Dr. Li is a radio astronomer.  He is the Chief Scientist of both FAST and the radio division of NAOC. He pioneered several observing and data analysis techniques, including HI narrow self-absorption (HINSA) and a new inversion algorithm for solving the dust temperature distribution. These techniques facilitated important measurements of star forming regions, such as their formation time scale. Dr. Li has led and/or made multiple significant discoveries, including the first detection of interstellar molecular oxygen, the first new pulsar, and the first new Fast Radio Burst (FRB) discovered by FAST. He is leading a large FAST survey that has discovered more than 100 pulsars, more than 5 FRBs, and obtained the largest FRB pulse set in the world to date. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal articles with more than 3500 citations. He won the National Research Council (US) Resident Research Fellow award (2005) based on his outstanding research capabilities and as a result of national competition. He won (as a member) the NASA outstanding team award (2009). He won the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award (as a major contributor) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He took on many leading and/or advisory roles in national and international organizations, including the Steering Committee of Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), the Cradle of Life science working group (as a co-chair) of the Square Kilometer Array, the CAS Major-facilities Guidance Group, and the advisory panel of the Breakthrough Listen initiative.