Originally published March 29, 2016
Over the past few months, the media has given considerable attention to mankind’s first detection of gravitational waves in space using Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors. This phenomenon, resulting from the merger of two black holes, was predicted in 1915 by Albert Einstein. For the past four decades, thousands of engineers and scientists have worked to solve the complex technical challenges required to build the precise scientific instruments that could detect mere ripples a billion light-years from Earth. Since its founding in 2005, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP has acted as immigration counsel for seven researchers representing nearly all of the specialized fields involved in the LIGO project. With this significant advancement in science, we are reminded of the extraordinary contributions our immigrant clients make in the efforts to expand human knowledge of space and beyond.