The Protostellar Interferometric Line Survey (PILS) is a project surveying the molecular complexity of protostars through high angular resoltuion and high sensitivity observations with ALMA. The aim of PILS is to investigate the origin of complex organic molecules seen toward nearby star forming regions The project is led by Jes Jørgensen and has a separate website.
Team members: Jes Jørgensen (PI), Matthijs van der Wiel, Audrey Coutens, Julie Lykke, Holger Müller, Ewine van Dishoeck, Hannah Calcutt, Per Bjerkeli, Tyler Bourke, Maria Drozdovskaya, Edith Fayolle, Cecile Favre, Rob Garrod, Steffen Jacobsen, Niels Ligterink, Karin Öberg, Magnus Persson, Susanne Wampfler, Nadia Murillo, Gwendoline Stephan & Sebastien Manigand
Observations made with ALMA and ESA's Rosetta mission, have revealed the presence of the organohalogen Freon-40 in gas around both an infant star and a comet. This is the first ever detection in interstellar space.