We are studying the electronic structures of new and advanced materials. We are using synchrotron radiation to perform soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy of systems like biomaterials, superconductors and transition metal compounds.

Josha Ho

Josha Ho


  • University of the Fraser Valley
    Abbotsford, BC
    B.Sc. Mathematics and Physics
    May 2016
  • University of Saskatchewan
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    M. Sc. Physics
    Started Sept 2016


Research Projects

Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors

I am currently studying “dilute magnetic semiconductors”; semiconductors where transition metal impurities have been introduced in order to allow the control of spin properties within the materials. This is currently a field of interest as spin-manipulatable materials have the potential to lower energy usage within electronics, and open up new doors in computer processor technology. Using experimental techniques and multiplet theory, the goal is to understand how the dopants interact with the local crystal structure.


  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2016)
  • University of the Fraser Valley Student Led Research Award (2016)
  • NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award (2014)


  • B. VanGenderen, C. Appeldoorn, R. Ramaseshan, C. Dearden, J. Ho, X. L. Long
    Automating Laser Calibration for Medical Linear Accelerators
    IEEE Sensors, (2016).