Muhammad Maqbool

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

CP 101   Phone: 765-285-8870  

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
Cooper Physical Science Building, room 101
Muncie, IN 47306

• Ph.D. Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Ohio University, USA. 
• M.S. Medical and Radiation Physics, University of Birmingham, UK. 
• B.S. Physics, The University of Peshawar, Pakistan. 

Research Interests 
Medical Physics, Radiation Therapy, Health Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Photonics, Biophotonics

Title: Cathodoluminescence, ISBN: 979-953-307-319-3, Chapter’s Name: Cathodoluminescence from Amorphous and nano-crystalline Nitride and Oxide Thin Films Doped with Rare Earth and Transition Metals

"Titanium-doped Amorphous Aluminum Nitride Microlaser Device and Method for Making and Using Same,” M. Maqbool and K. Main, U.S. Patent 9,515,447 B2, Dec. 6, 2016, assigned to Ball State Innovation Corporation.



  1. Muhammad Maqbool, Iftikhar Ahmad, Ghafar Ali and Khan Maaz, Energy level splitting and luminescence enhancement in AlN:Er by an external magnetic field, Optical Materials, Vol. 46, 601-604 (2015).
  2. M. Maqbool, K. Main and I. Ahmad, Structural analysis and infrared emission from AlN:Ti doped on silicon substrate and optical fibers, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Vol. 179, 365-374 (2015).
  3. Muhammad Maqbool, Ghafar Ali and Iftikhar Ahmad, Luminescence Enhancement in Amorphous AlN:W by Direct UV Excitation through Co-Doped Gadolinium. IEEE Photonic Technology Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 14, 1519 – 1522 (2015).
  4. M. Shafiq, S. Arif, I. Ahmad, S. J. Asadabadi, M. Maqbool, and H.A. R. Aliabad, Elastic and mechanical properties of lanthanide monoxides, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 618, 292-298 (2015).
  5. B. Khan, H. R. Aliabad, N. Razghandi, M. Maqbool, S. Asadabadi, and I. Ahmad, Structural and thermoelectric properties of pure and La, Y doped HoMnO3 for their use as alternative energy materials. Computer Physics Communications, Vol. 187, 1-7 (2015).
  6. I. Agmad and M. Maqbool, Thermoelectric Properties of Metallic Antiperovskites AXD3 (A=Ge, Sn, Pb, Al, Zn, Ga; X=N, C; D=Ca, Fe, Co), Electronic Materials Letters, Vol. 11 (3), 466-480 (2015).
  7. N. Adeelaa, K. Maaz, U. Khan, S. Karim, M. Ahmad, M. Iqbal, S. Riaz, X.F. Han, M. Maqbool, Fabrication and temperature dependent magnetic properties of nickel nanowires embedded in alumina templates. Accepted in Ceramic International and in Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2015.06.025
  8. Muhammad Hussain, Maaz Khan, Hongyu Sun, Adeela Nairan, Shafqat Karim, Amjad Nisar, M. Maqbool, Mashkoor Ahmad, Fabrication and temperature dependent magnetic properties of NiCu-Co composite Nanowires. Accepted in Physica B.


  9. M. Bilal, B. Khan, H. A. R. Aliabad, M. Maqbool, S. J. Asadabadi, I. Ahmad, Thermoelectric properties of SbNCa3 and BiNCa3 for thermoelectric devices and alternative energy applications. Computer Physics Communications 185, Issue 5, 1394–1398 (2014).
  10. I. Ahmad and M. Maqbool, Investigation of the optical properties of P, As and Sb incorporated AlGaX alloys using full potential linearized augmented plane wave method. Computer Physics Communications, Vol. 185, Issue 11, 2829-2833, (2014).


  11. Ghafar Ali and Muhammad Maqbool, Fabrication of cobalt-nickel binary nanowires in a highly ordered alumina template via AC electrodeposition. Nanoscale Research Letters, Vol. 8, 352 (2013).
  12. I. Khan, I. Ahmad, H.A.R. Aliabad, S.J. Asadabadi, Z. Ali and M. Maqbool, Conversion of optically isotropic to anisotropic CdSxSe 1-x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) alloy with S concentration. Computational Materials Science, Vol 77, 145-152 (2013).


  13. M. Naeem, I. Ahmad and M. Maqbool, Effect of size reduction on the electronic and ferromagnetic properties of the In2O3 Nanoparticles. Journal of Nanoparticles Research 14: 808 (2012).
  14. I. Khan, I. Ahmad, H. A. R. Aliabad and M. Maqbool, Effect of phase transition on the optoelectronic properties of the Zn1-xMgxS. Journal of Applied Physics Vol. 112, 073104 (2012).
  15. G. Murtaza, B. Amin, S. Arif, M. Maqbool, I. Ahmad, A. Afaq, S. Nazir, M. Imran, M. Haneef, Structural, electronic and optical properties of CaxCd1_xO and its conversion from semimetal to wide bandgap semiconductor, Computational Materials Science 58, 71–76 (2012).
  16. S. Arif, I. Ahmad, B. Amin and M. Maqbool, Robust Half-Metallicity of AlCoN and AlNiN, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 112, 2668–2674 (2012).
  17. S. Arif, B. Amin, I. Ahmad, M. Maqbool, R. Ahmad, M. Haneef and N. Ikram, Investigation of half metallicity in Fe doped CdSe and co-doped CdSe materials, Current Applied Physics, Vol 12, issue 1, pages 184-187, January 2012.


  18. Fayyaz Ahmad, Muhammad Maqbool, and  Namgil Lee, Regularization of Voxelwise Autoregressive Model for Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data, Concepts in Magnetic Resonance part-A, Volume 38A, Issue 5, 187-196 (2011).
  19. W. Muhammad, M. Maqbool et. al. “Assessment of Computerized Treatment Planning System Accuracy in calculating Wedge Factors of Physical Wedged Fields for 6 MV. Physica Medica, Volume 27, 135-143 (2011).
  20. Z. Ali, I Ahmad, B. Amin, M. Maqbool, G. Murtaza, I. Khan, M.J. Akhtar, and F. Ghaffor, Theoretical studies of structural and magnetic properties of cubic perovskites PrCoO3 and NdCoO3, Physica B, Volume 406, 3800–3804 (2011).
  21. B. Amin, S. Arif, Iftikhar Ahmad, M. Maqbool, R. Ahmad, S. Goumri-Said and K. Prisbrey, Cr-Doped III–V Nitrides: Potential Candidates for Spintronics, Journal of Electronic Materials, Volume 40, Number 6, 1428 – 1436 (2011).
  22. B. Amin, I. Ahmad, M. Maqbool, S. Goumri-Said, R. Ahmad, Ab-initio study of the bandgap engineering of Al1-xGaxN for optoelectronic applications, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol 109, Issue 2, 023109-023113 (2011).
  23. G. Murtaza, I. Ahmad, B. Amin, A. Afaq, M. Maqbool, J. Maqsood, I. Khan, M. Zahid, Investigation of structural and optoelectronic properties of BaThO3, Optical Materials, Volume 33, Issue 3, 553-557 (2011).


  24. Muhammad Maqbool , Kyle Main and Martin E. Kordesch, Titanium doped sputter deposited AlN infrared whispering gallery mode microlaser on optical fibers, Optics Letters Vol. 35, issue 21, 3637-3639 (2010).
  25. Muhammad Maqbool and Tyler Corn, Optical spectroscopy and energy transfer in amorphous AlN doped Erbium and Ytterbium ions for applications in laser cavities. Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Iss. 18, pp. 3117–3119 (2010).
  26. M. Maqbool , G. Ali, S. O. Cho, I. Ahmad and M. E. Kordesch, Nanocrystals formation and intense green emission in the thermally annealed AlN:Ho films for microlaser cavities and photonic applications. Journal of Applied Physics Vol. 108, Issue 4, 043528-043532 (2010).\
  27. M. Maqbool , E. Wilson, J. Clark,  I. Ahmad and A. Kayani, “Luminescence from Cr+3 doped AlN films deposited on optical fiber and silicon substrates for use as waveguides and laser cavities”, Applied Optics, Vol. 49, issue 4, 653 – 657 (2010).
  28. Bin Amin, Iftikhar Ahmad, and M. Maqbool, “'Conversion of direct to indirect bandgap and optical response of B substituted InN for novel optical devices applications”, Journal of Lightwave Technology Volume 28, Issue 2, 223 – 227 (2010)
  29. G. Ali, M. Ahmad , J. I. Akhter and S. Karim, M. Maqbool, S. Yang, and K. Maaz, “Characterization of cobalt nanowires fabricated in anodic alumina template through AC electrodeposition”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 9, Issue 2. 223-228 (2010).
  30. D. Hopkins and M. Maqbool, Electron polarization and photoluminescence of sputtered AlN:Sm thin films for optoelectronics and photonics applications, Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics, Vol. 5, 1 – 4 (2010).
  31. Bin Amin, Iftikhar Ahmad, Muhammad Maqbool, Nazma Ikram, Yasir Saeed and Afaq Ahmad, Generalized gradient calculations of structural, electronic and optical properties of MgxCd1-xO oxides, Journal of Alloys and Compounds Vol. 493, 212-218 (2010).
  32. Ghafar Ali, Maqsood Ahmad, Javed Iqbal Akhter, Muhammad Maqbool, and Sung Oh Cho, Novel structure formation in porous anodic alumina fabricated by single step anodization process, Micron 41, 560–564 (2010).
  33. K. Maaz, S. Karim, M. Usman, A. Mumtaz, J. Liu, J.L. Duan, M. Maqbool, Effect of crystallographic texture on magnetic characteristics of cobalt nanowires, Nanoscal Research Letters, Volume 5, Issue 7, 1111-1117 (2010).


  34. Muhammad Maqbool , Wazir Muhammad, Muhammad Shahid, Misbah Ahmad, Matiullah Matiullah, Accuracy checks of physical beam modifier factors algorithm used in computerized treatment planning system for a 15MV photon beam, Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy 14,  214–220 (2009).
  35. M. Maqbool , B. Amin and I. Ahmad, 'Bandgap Engineering of InxAl1-x N and the effect of In And Al concentration on its optical properties”, Journal of the Optical Society of America-B, Vol. 26, Issue 11, 2180-2184 (2009). 
  36. Muhammad Maqbool , Martin. E. Kordesch, and A. Kayani, ‘Enhanced Cathodoluminescence from an amorphous AlN:Holmium phosphor by co-doped Gd+3 for optical devices applications, Journal of the Optical Society of America-B, Vol. 26, Issue 5, 998-1001 (2009).
  37. M. Maqbool and Iftikhar Ahmad, Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Praseodymium doped in AlN and the use of Gallium Nitride, as ultraviolet filters in radiation shielding and protection, Current Applied Physics, 9, (2009) 234-237.
  38. M. Maqbool , H. H. Richardson and Martin E. Kordesch, Electron penetration depth in amorphous AlN by exploiting the luminescence of Ho and Tm ions added to AlN, Current Applied Physics 9, 417-421 (2009).
  39. M. Maqbool and T. Ali, Intense red catho- and photoluminescence from 200 nm thick Samarium doped amorphous AlN thin films for nano-devices applications’ Nanoscale Research Letters’ Vol. 4, No. 9, 748-752 (2009).
  40. A. Kayani, A. Moore, M.I. Nandasiri, S. AlFaify, E. Garratt,  X. Gao, D. C. Ingram and M. Maqbool, “Effect of bias and hydrogenation on the elemental concentration and the thermal stability of amorphous carbon thin films, deposited on Si substrate”, Journal of Diamonds and Related Materials, Vol. 18, Issue 11, 1333 – 1337 (2009).


  41. M. Maqbool , I. Ahmad,  H. H. Richardson and M. E. Kordesch, Direct ultraviolet excitation of an amorphous AlN:Praesiodimium phosphor by co-doped Gd3+ Cathodoluminescence, Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 193511 (2007). 
  42. M. Maqbool , H. H. Richardson and M. E. Kordesch, Effect of material structure and thermal activation on the luminescence of  praseodymium doped AlN thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering, Journal of Material Science, Vol. 42, Number 14, 5657-5660 (2007).
  43. M. Maqbool and Iftikhar Ahmad, Spectroscopy of gadolinium ion and disadvantages of gadolinium impurity in tissue compensators and collimators, used in radiation treatment planning, Spectroscopy, Vol. 21, No. 4, 205 – 210 (2007).


  44. M. Maqbool , Luminescence from Thulium and Samarium doped amorphous AlN thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering and the effect of thermal annealing on luminescence. Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys. 34, 31-34 (2006).
  45. S.B.Aldabergenova, G.Frank, H.P.Strunk, M. Maqbool, H.H.Richardson, M.E.Kordesch Structure Changes of AlN:Ho Films with Annealing and Enhancement of the Ho3+ Emission, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Vol. 352, 1290-1293 (2006).
  46. M. Maqbool and Tahirzeb Khan, Atomic force microscopy and X-rays analysis of  silver films deposited by thermal evaporation, International Journal of Modern Physics-B, Vol. 20, No. 2 (2006).


  47. M. Maqbool and Tahirzeb Khan, Atomic force microscopy and grain-size calculation of silver films deposited by thermal evaporation, Surface Review and Letters, Vol.12, No. 5-6, 759 (2005).
  48. M. Maqbool , H. H. Richardson and M. E. Kordesch, “Cathodoluminescence of Praseodymium doped amorphous AlN, GaN and turbostratic BN”. Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 831 Article E8.12.1, @2005 Materials Research Society. (2005)
  49. M. Maqbool , H.H. Richardson, P.G. Van Patten and  M.E. Kordesch, “Luminescent Holmium doped amorphous  AlN thin films for use as waveguides and laser  cavities”, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 798, pp 8.5.1-8.5.5, 2004 Materials Research Society.
  50. M. Maqbool , “Determination of Transfer Functions of MCP-200 alloy using 6 MV photon beam for beam intensity modulation”, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine & Biology Vol. 4, No. 3, 305-310 (2004).