Ian Bentley

Faculty Profiles

Ian Bentley

Ian Bentley

Associate Professor
Physics Program Director
Department Chair
Chemistry Physics
B 07C Science Hall



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

Areas of Expertise 

  • Computational Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics

Research Interests 

  • Image and Video Analysis
  • Pairing of Nuclei
  • Nuclear Astrophysics

Courses Recently Taught 

  • PHYS 105: Astronomy
  • PHYS 121 & 122: General Physics I & II
  • PHYS 235:  Nuclear Astrophysics
  • PHYS 272L: Computational Physics Lab
  • PHYS 321/323: Lagrangian Mechanics/Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 341/343: Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 424: Quantum Mechanics

Professional Experience 

  • Guest/Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame, 2018-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Marquette University, 2011-2012
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics, Indiana University South Bend, 2010-2011

Creative and Scholarly Work 


K. Neergard and I. Bentley, Role of pair-vibrational correlations in forming the odd-even mass difference. Physics Review C 99, 054315 (2019).
L. Kloepper, and I. Bentley. Stereotypy of group flight in Brazilian free-tailed bats. Journal of Animal Behavior. 131, 123 (2017).
I. Bentley, Y. Colon Rodriguez*, S. Cunningham*, and A. Aprahamian. Shell structure from nuclear observables. Physics Review C 93, 044337 (2016).
I. Bentley, Particle-hole symmetry numbers for nuclei. Indian Journal of Physics 90, Issue 9, 1069 (2016).
I. Bentley and S. Frauendorf. Relation Between Wigner Energy and Proton-Neutron Pairing.
Physics Review C 88, 014322 (2013).
S. Brett*, I. Bentley, N. Paul*, R. Surman and A. Aprahamian. Sensitivity of the r-process to nuclear masses. European Physics Journal A 48: 184 (2012).


Professional Memberships 

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