It is important to APL Photonics and the multidisciplinary photonics community to recognize excellence in early career researchers. The APL Photonics Future Luminary Award recognizes the achievements of highly promising early career researchers with the potential to become luminaries in the field of photonics.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be the first author of a published paper in APL Photonics between December 1, 2022 and November 30, 2023. (Eligible articles published after November 30, 2023 will be considered for the next award cycle.)
  • Have submitted the paper to APL Photonics prior to or within 10 years of your Ph.D. graduation (excluding career breaks such as maternity or paternity leave, adoption, eldercare).

Application and Selection Process:

When submitting the manuscript, please indicate in the submission form that you are eligible. We may consider other manuscripts, as well, but noting your desire to be considered upon manuscript submission will ensure that we consider your article.

The winner of the 2023 award will be chosen by a committee of members of the APL Photonics Editorial Advisory Board and announced in an editorial in 2024.


  • 3,000 USD
  • Announcement on the APL Photonics website with a biography and small collection of highlighted articles.
  • Invitation to write an Invited Article in APL Photonics (open access article processing fee waived)
  • Invitation to join the Early Career Editorial Advisory Board.

Published and Publishing Collections:

Collection Year: 2022

Collection Year: 2021

Collection Year: 2020


Husain AlqattanHusain Alqattan
The University of Arizona, USA

Husain Alqattan was born in Kuwait. He obtained B.S. degrees in Physics and in Mathematics from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. He received M.S. degrees in Physics from Brown University in 2016, and in Optical Sciences from Wyant College of Optical Sciences in 2022. In 2023, he finished his Ph.D. degree in Physics from The University of Arizona with a thesis on attosecond light field synthesis and electron motion control. His research also extends to the ultrafast electron diffraction and the attosecond electron microscopy.

Winning Article:

Attosecond light field synthesis
Husain Alqattan, Dandan Hui, Vladimir Pervak, Mohammed Th. Hassan, APL Photonics 7, 041301 (2022)

Wenhui LiuWenhui Liu (2021)
Tsinghua University, China

Wenhui Liu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His current research interests include computational photography and advanced biomedical imaging technology, for instance, live-cell super-resolution imaging, blood flow detection in deep tissue.

Ruobing QianRuobing Qian (2021)
Meta Reality Labs, USA

Ruobing Qian received the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA, in 2014, the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, in 2020. His research focused on developing novel optical imaging and sensing technologies, including optical coherence tomography, FMCW LiDAR, and diffuse correlation spectroscopy, and their applications in biology, medicine and high-precision 3D ranging. He joined Meta (formerly Facebook) Reality Labs after graduation and is currently working on developing optical technologies in VR/AR.

Winning Article:

Fast and sensitive diffuse correlation spectroscopy with highly parallelized single photon detection
W. Liu, R. Qian, S. Xu, P. C. Konda, J. Jönsson, M. Harfouche, D. Borycki, C. Cooke, E. Berrocal, Q. Dai, H. Wang, and R. Horstmeyer , APL Photonics 6, 026106 (2021)

Wen XiongWen Xiong (2020)
Yale University, USA

Wen Xiong was born in Hubei, China in 1990. She received her Bachelor's degree from Optical Engineering at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. After graduation, she went to Yale University for her Ph.D. study in Applied Physics. Her research interests are physics and applications of complex photonics systems. In 2019, she received her Ph.D. degree with a thesis on spatial degrees of freedom in multimode fibers. She joined Facebook Reality Labs as an optical scientist after graduation and started her research on optical systems for augmented reality.

Winning Article:

Deep learning of ultrafast pulses with a multimode fiber
W. Xiong, B. Redding, S. Gertler, Y. Bromberg, H. D. Tagare, H. Cao, APL Photonics 5, 096106 (2020)

Ryotaro KonoikeRyotaro Konoike (2019)
Kyoto University, Japan

Ryotaro was born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1989. He received an M.Eng. from the Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan, in 2014. He was a JSPS Research Fellow at Kyoto University from 2014 to 2017. He received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Kyoto University in 2017 with a thesis on dynamic control of light on a chip. He is currently a researcher at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan.

Watch an interview with Ryotaro Konoike

Winning Article:

On-chip dynamic time reversal of light in a coupled-cavity system
R. Konoike, T. Asano, S. Noda, APL Photonics 4, 030806 (2019)

Maurangelo PetruzzellaMaurangelo Petruzzella (2018)
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Maurangelo was born in Terlizzi, Italy, in 1989. He received an M.Sc. in Physics with summa cum laude from the University of Bari, Italy, in 2013. In 2017, he obtained a Ph.D. degree cum laude in Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands), with a thesis on integrated quantum photonic circuits. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at TU/e working in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group.

Winning Article:

Quantum photonic integrated circuits based on tunable dots and tunable cavities
M. Petruzzella, S. Birindelli, F. M. Pagliano, D. Pellegrino, et al. APL Photonics 3, 106103 (2018)