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.

Tristan de Boer

Tristan de Boer


  • Acadia University
    Wolfville, NS
    B.Sc. H. Physics (2008)
  • Dalhousie University
    Halifax, NS
    M.Sc. Physics (2011)
  • University of Saskatchewan
    Saskatoon, SK
    Ph.D. Physics (Started Sept. 2013)

Research Projects

I am currently studying nitridosilicates, which are a class of materials that have a number of interesting physical properties, including good thermal conductivity and high strength and hardness. They are also of interest in lighting applications owing to their high efficiency in phosphor-conversion based LEDs. The goal is to characterize the electronic structure of these materials so that we may develop materials with tunable band gaps. Since the physical properties of a material are determined by the electronic structure, its characterization can lead to predictions about the properties of similar materials, such as their hardness, which has been correlated with the band gap.




  • T. de Boer , A. Gamouras, S. March, V. Novak and K. Hall
    Observation of a Blue Shift in the Optical Response at the Fundamental Band Gap in GaMnAsO2
    Physical Review B, (85), 033202 (2012).

  • Webber, D., de Boer T., Yildirim, M., March, S., Mathew, R., Gamouras, A., et al.
    Measurement of Coherence Decay in GaMnAs Using Femtosecond Four-wave Mixing.
    J. Vis. Exp., (82), e51094 (2013).