Physicists share breakthrough prize

BROWNSVILLE — Physicists at the Brownsville campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will share in a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded for the first detection of gravitational waves.

The historic discovery, which occurred in September at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Livingston, Louisiana, was made possible by an algorithm developed by two UTRGV physics professors, Soumya D. Mohanty and Malik Rakhmanov, working in collaboration with faculty from the University of Florida.

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