Professor Adhikari is a world-leading expert on the experimental physics of gravitational-wave detection and is among the key scientists responsible for the success of the US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which made the first detection of gravitational waves in 2015. Adhikari is a close associate of the Indian gravitational-wave community and is actively involved in the LIGO-India project, which aims to build a gravitational-wave observatory in India. Professor Adhikari’s lab at Caltech been hosting several Indian students under the LIGO-IndIGO Summer Students Program .