PPS; Room No 205, Technical Block, NCP, Islamabad

Honorary Fellows

Prof. Zubairy’s research interests include quantum optics and laser physics.

He has been interested in quantum optical applications to quantum computing and quantum informatics.

He has also been interested in quantum state measurement of the radiation field and sub-wavelength atom localization. His other interests include coherent atomic effects and quantum thermodynamics.

He is the co-author of two books, one on Quantum Optics and the other on Quantum Computing Devices. Recently he published a book on Quantum Mechanics for Beginners. Prof. Zubairy received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1978 working under the supervision of Prof. Emil Wolf.

He held research and teaching appointments at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona and the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of New Mexico before joining the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan in 1984.

He served as Professor of Electronics and the founding Chairman of the Department of Electronics at the Quaid-i-Azam University.

In 2000 he joined Texas A and M University where he is presently a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the holder of the Munnerlyn-Heep Chair in Quantum Optics.

He has received many honors including the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize, the Outstanding Physicist Award from the Organization of Islamic Countries, the Abdus Salam Prize in Physics, the International Khwarizmi Award from the President of Iran, the Orders of Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Sitara-e-Imtiaz from the President of Pakistan, and the George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in International Research.

He is an elected member of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.


M. Suhail Zubairy. Quantum Mechanics for Beginners. Oxford University Press, May 2020.


DR Murtaza

Dr Ahmed Ali

We had the honor of meeting Prof. Ahmed Ali during the high energy physics school in Beijing China. Prof. Ahmed Ali is one of the most renowned physicists from Pakistan working in the field of high energy physics.

The main focus of his research is on the phenomenology of particle physics, in particular, flavor physics of the heavy quarks, quantum chromo dynamics (QCD), searches of physics beyond the standard model, and high energy collider physics, carried out at the particle accelerators at DESY, SLAC and Fermilab (USA), KEK (Japan), and CERN (Switzerland).

He obtained his M. Phil. in 1968 and Ph. D. in 1971 from the University of Islamabad, Pakistan, and did post-doctoral work at the International Center for Theoretical Physics ICTP, Trieste, the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the II. Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg. He joined DESY in 1978 and became a permanent staff member in 1981. He obtained his Habilitation (Dr. Habil.) in 1988 from the University of Hamburg, where he also taught and supervised a large number of doctoral and diplom (Master’s) students. In 2000 he was awarded professorship by the University of Hamburg. As a visiting scientist, he has worked at a number of leading laboratories in high energy physics, which include CERN in Geneva, where he spent four years, SLAC, Stanford, KEK in Tsukuba (Japan) and the Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing, China. As a visiting professor, he taught physics at the University of California at Los Angeles UCLA and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich . He also
supervised the theoretical physics part of the DESY Summer Schools in the period 2008 – 2011, where he also gave courses on particle physics. With Riazuddin, he co-directed the Nathiagali Summer Colleges in Pakistan for ten years (1996 -2006), and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the National Centre of Physics, Islamabad, in 2006. He served for three years (1995-1998) on the Advisory Committee of the Particle Data Group at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory LBL. Since 2000, he is an editor of the European Physical Journal C – Particles and Fields.

Research Interests

  • Multi-scale modeling of chemical reactions and related phenomena at surfaces
  • Understanding processes that control growth and morphological evolution of thin films
  • Theory and modeling of vibrational, optical and magnetic properties of nanomaterials
  • Predictive modeling of functional two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides
  • Surface coordination chemistry: novel functionality via substrate charge transfer and oxidation state
  • Understanding the response of surfaces and nanostructures to ultrafast external fields
  • Development of techniques beyond density functional theory for strongly correlated material
  • Development of techniques suitable for non-equilibrium phenomena and non-adiabatic processes


  • 2017 Miller Visiting Professorship, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2017 Research Incentive Award, University of Central Florida
  • 2017 Excellence in Research Award, College of Sciences, University of Central Florida
  • 2017 Member, Committee on Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey, National Academies
  • 2017 Appointed to the Physical Sciences Advisory Board, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • 2017 Founding Section Editor, Journal of Physics Condensed Matter
  • 2016 Fellow, American Vacuum Society (AVS)
    2016 Chair, APS Topical Group on Energy Research and Applications (GERA)
  • 2016 Chair, Davisson and Germer Prize Committee, American Physical Society
    2016 Editorial Board Member, Progress in Surface Science
  • 2015 Vice Chair, Davisson and Germer Prize Committee, American Physical Society
  • 2012 ORC Millionaires Club, 2012-13, University of Central Florida
  • 2012 Pegasus Professor, University of Central Florida
  • 2011 Research Incentive Award, University of Central Florida
  • 2011 University of Central Florida – ORC Millionaires Club, 2011-12
  • 2007 Sigma Pi Sigma Member, Honorary Member, UCF
  • 2004 Sigma-Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2004-2006)
  • 2003 Phi Beta Kappa, Honorary Member, Beta Chapter, KSU
  • 2002 Higuchi Research Achievement Award (Olin K. Petefish Prize), University of Kansas
  • 2001 University Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University
  • 2000 Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize, Germany
  • 1998 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, Kansas State University
  • 1998 Fellow, American Physical Society
    1994 UNDP TOKTEN Fellowship, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 1993 CNRS Italy Fellowship
  • 1992 Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award, Kansas State University
  • 1987 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Germany, 1987 88

Notable Publications

  • M. Ur Rehman, Q. Shafi, and J. R. Wickman, “Observable gravity waves from supersymmetric hybrid inflation II”, arXiv:1012.0309
  • I. Gogoladze, B. He, and Q. Shafi, “New fermions at the LHC and mass of the Higgs boson”, arXiv:1004.4217
  • S. J. Huber, C.-A. Lee, Q. Shafi, “Kaluza-Klein excitations of W and Z at the LHC?”, Phys. Lett. B 531, 112 (2002).
  • G. Dvali, Q. Shafi, and S. Solganik, “D-brane inflation”, hep-th/0105203. 
  • S. J. Huber and Q. Shafi, “Fermion masses, mixings and proton decay in a Randall-Sundrum model”, hep-ph/0010195.
  • G. Dvali, Q. Shafi, and R. Schaefer, “Large scale structure and supersymmetric inflation without fine tuning”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 1886 (1994).
  • B. Ananthanarayan, G. Lazarides, and Q. Shafi, “Top-quark-mass prediction from supersymmetric grand unified theories”, Phys. Rev. D 44, 1613 (1991)
  • G. Lazarides and Q. Shafi, “Origin of matter in the inflationary cosmology”, Phys. Lett. B 258, 305 (1991).
  • G. Lazarides, C. Panagiotakopoulos, and Q. Shafi, “Phenomenology and cosmology with superstrings”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 56, 432 (1986).
  • G. Lazarides, Q. Shafi, and C. Wetterich, “Proton lifetime and fermion masses in an SO(10) model”, Nucl. Phys. B 181, 287 (1981).

Research Projects

Inflationary Models and Precision Cosmology
Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Supersymmetry in the LHC Era
Higgs Boson and New Physics at LHC (Large Hadron Collider)
Origin of Matter in the Universe

Current Research

Dr M Asghar

Born on 7 June 1936 in Pakistan. He is married with one child.

Dr Asghar was awarded a BSc (1956) and LLB (1960) degrees from the University of Punjab. He obtained his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1964. The title of his Doctorate thesis was “Investigation of nuclear energy levels using photo neutrons.”

After spending about 3 years at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Nilore (PINSTECH, Pakistan), Harwell (UK), and Saclay (France), Dr Asghar joined the University of Bordeaux (France), as an associate professor (1968-1971).

He worked as a physicist, Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France (1971-1978); at CCR Euratom, Ispra, Italy (1978-1980); at CEN, Grenoble, France (1980-1981); and as a professor of Physics at Houari Boumedeinne University in Algiers, Algeria (1981-1994). Since 1994, he has been at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences at Grenoble, France.

Of the responsibilities he undertook was the supervision and installation of experimental set-ups at the Laue-Langevin Institute (ILL), Grenoble, France, and the establishment of the research programme at the CEA, Algiers, Algeria.

As well as directing the thesis work of about 20 PhD students at the University of Bordeaux, Grenoble and Algiers, Dr Asghar authored about 200 research papers. He is internationally known for his work in the field of nuclear fission. For many years, he co-ordinated major experiments on nuclear fission at the high flux nuclear reactor in Grenoble (France) with the participation of several international groups.

Prof. Asghar  specific fields of scientific interest are at present:

  1. Low energy nuclear physics; production and study of radioactive nuclei along with radioactive secondary beams;
  2. New and safer ways of producing nuclear energy and the treatment of nuclear waste produced by the existing power reactors; and
  3. Development of new detection systems.

Professore Associato di Astronomia e Astrofisica (SSD FIS/05), si e’ laureato in Fisica presso l’Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza” nel 1991 con una tesi dal titolo: “Campi elettromagnerici di sistemi relativistici ruotanti. Applicazioni astrofisiche”. Ha quindi conseguito il Dottorato di Ricerca in Fisica presso l’Universita’ di Bari con una tesi dal titolo:  “Materia oscura nelle galassie ellittiche e a spirale”. Dopo aver effettuato attivita’ di ricerca presso l’Institute for Theoretical Physics dell’Universita’ di Zurigo (Svizzera) ed il Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware (USA) come post-doc, dal 1999 e’ ricercatore presso l’Universita’ del Salento e dal settembre 2015 professore associato.

Dall’anno accademico 2005/2006 e’ responsabile del corso di Astrofisica Teorica (corso di Laurea Specialistica in Fisica). Dall’a.a. 2002/2003 al  2005/2006 e’ stato responsabile del corso di Introduzione alla Fisica Moderna e dall’a.a. 2003/2004 al 2007/2008 anche de corso di Elementi di Astronomia.

E’ stato relatore o co-relatore di  10 tesi  di studenti dell’ordinamento quadriennale di Fisica, di 8  tesi dell’ordinamento triennale (I livello), di 4 del II livello e di 5 tesi di dottorato di ricerca in Fisica.

E’ componente designato del Collegio dei Docenti del Dottorato di Ricerca in Fisica dal 2002/2003 ad ogg e del Dottorato di Ricerca in Fisica e Nanoscienze dal 2013/2014 ad oggi.

E’ Incaricato di Ricerca dell’INFN, associato all’INAF ed e’ componente della Commissione per l’Internazionalizzazione della RIAA.

E’ responsabile della Convenzione tra l’Universita’ del Salento e l”universita’ di Scienze e Tecnologia di Rawalpindi (Pakistan) ed e’ co-chairman degli Italian-Pakistani Workshops on Relativistic Astrophysics.

E’ stato responsabile locale di un Progetto della Commissione Europea e di un PRIN.

E’ stato responsabile locale dell’iniziativa specifica FA51 dell’INFN ed e’ attualmente responsabile locale dell’iniziativa specifica TAsP dell’INFN.

E’ autore di oltre 160 pubblicazioni su riviste internazionali.

Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad is a Senior Research Associate and a Teaching Fellow in the Cambridge Graphene Centre and the Engineering Department of Cambridge University. He is in the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group in the Electrical Engineering Division.