Ian Bentley

Faculty Profiles

Ian Bentley

Ian Bentley

Associate Professor
Physics Program Director
Department Chair
Chemistry Physics



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

Research Interests 

  • Nuclear structure
  • Image and video analysis
  • Nuclear astrophysics

Courses Recently Taught 

  • PHYS 105: Astronomy
  • PHYS 121: General Physics I
  • PHYS 313: Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 424: Quantum Mechanics

Professional Experience 

  • University of Notre Dame, guest/adjunct assistant professor of physics, 2012-2018
  • 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 

  • L. Kloepper, and I. Bentley. “Stereotypy of group flight in Brazilian free-tailed bats.” J. Anim. Behav. 131, 123 (2017).
  • I. Bentley, Y. Colon Rodriguez, S. Cunningham, and A. Aprahamian. “Shell structure from nuclear observables.” Phys. Rev. C 93, 044337 (2016).
  • I. Bentley, “Particle-hole symmetry numbers for nuclei.” Indian J. Phys. 90, Issue 9, 1069 (2016).
  • B. Bucher et al., “New lifetime measurements in 109Pd and the onset of deformation at N=60.” Phys. Rev. C 92, 064312 (2015).
  • I. Bentley, K. Neerg˚ard and S. Frauendorf. “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).
  • A. Aprahamian, I. Bentley, M. Mumpower, and R. Surman. “Sensitivity studies for the main r-process: nuclear masses.” AIP Advances 4, 041101 (2014).
  • I. Bentley and S. Frauendorf. “Relation Between Wigner Energy and Proton-Neutron Pairing.” Phys. Rev. C 88, 014322 (2013).
  • S. Brett, I. Bentley, N. Paul, R. Surman and A. Aprahamian. “Sensitivity of the r-process to nuclear masses.” Eur. Phys. J. A 48: 184 (2012).

Professional Memberships 

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