Ian Bentley

Faculty Profiles

Ian Bentley

Assistant Professor
Chemistry Physics



PhD, University of Notre Dame
MS, University of Notre Dame
BS, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Research Interests 

  • Physics
  • Nuclear structure
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Image analysis

Courses Recently Taught 

  • PHYS 105: Astronomy
  • PHYS 221: General physics I
  • PHYS 222: General physics II

Professional Experience 

  • University of Notre Dame, guest assistant professor of physics, 2012-Present
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, visiting assistant professor of physics, 2011-2012
  • University of Notre Dame, postdoctoral research associate, 2010-2011
  • Indiana University South Bend, adjunct assistant professor of physics, 2010-2011

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Bentley, I., Neergård, K., Frauendorf, S. “Nuclear masses near N = Z from Nilsson-Strutinsky calculations with pairing corrections beyond BCS from an isospin conserving pairing force.” Phys. Rev. C 89, 034302 (2014).
  • Aprahamian, A., I. Bentley, M. Mumpower, R. Surman. “Sensitivity studies for the main r process: nuclear masses.” AIP Advances 4, 041101 (2014).
  • Bentley, I. and S. Frauendorf. “Relation Between Wigner Energy and Proton-Neutron Pairing.” Phys. Rev. C 88, 014322 (2013).
  • Brett S., I. Bentley, N. Paul, R. Surman, A. Aprahamian.  “Sensitivity of the r-process to nuclear masses.” Eur. Phys. J. A, 48 (2012): 184.
  • Bentley, I., S. Frauendorf. “Microscopic Calculation of IBM Parameters by Potential Energy Surface Mapping.” Phys. Rev. C 83, 064322 (2011).
  • Colgate, Stirling A., Howard Beckley, Jiahe Si,  Joe Martinic, David Westpfahl, James Slutz, Cebastian Westrom, Brianna Klein, Paul Schendel, Cletus Scharle, Travis McKinney,  Rocky Ginanni, Ian Bentley, Timothy Mickey,  Regnar Ferrel, Hui Li, Vladimir Pariev, John Finn. “High Magnetic Shear Gain in a Liquid Sodium Stable Couette Flow Experiment; A Prelude to an alpha-Omega Dynamo.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 175003 (2011).

Professional Memberships 

American Physical Society, 2012-present
Pi Mu Epsilon, 2014-present
Sigma Pi Sigma, 2004-present