Bentley Burnham

Part Time Assistant Professor of Physics

Bentley Burnham joined the Rhodes physics department in 1999 as an adjunct professor after a two year post-doc position at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He teaches a wide variety of courses from introductory astronomy and physics to courses in advanced physics and math methods. His area of research is storage ring based free-electron lasers.


“First UV/Visible Lasing with the OK-4/Duke Storage Ring FEL”, V.N. Litvinenko, B. Burnham, S.H. Park, Y. Wu, R. Cataldo, M. Emamian, J. Faircloth, S. Goetz, N. Hower, J.M.J. Madey, J. Meyer, P. Morcombe, O. Oakeley, J. Patterson, G. Swift, P. Wang, I.V. Pinayev, M.G. Fedotov, N.G. Gavrilov, V.M. Popik, V.N. Repkov, L.G. Isaeva, G.N. Kulipanov, G.Ya. Kurkin, S.F. Mikhailov, A.N. Skrinsky, N.A. Vinokurov, P.D. Vobly, A. Lumpkin, B. Yang. , in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 407 (1998) 8-15.

“Gamma-ray Production in a Storage Ring Free Electron Laser”, V.N. Litvinenko, B. Burnham, M. Emamian, N. Hower, J.M.J. Madey, P. Morcombe, P.G. O'Shea, S.H. Park, R. Sachtschale, K. D. Straub, G. Swift, P. Wang, Y. Wu, R. S. Canon, C. R. Howell, N. R. Roberson, E. C. Schreiber, M. Spraker, W. Tornow, H. R. Weller, I. V. Pinayev, N. G. Gavrilov, M. G. Fedotov, G. N. Kulipanov, G. Y. Kurkin, S. F. Mikhailov, V. M. Popik, A. N. Skrinsky, N. A. Vinokurov, B. E. Norum, A. Lumpkin, B. Yang.  in Physical Review Letters, 78 (1997) 4569.

"mm-wave Isochronous FEL and Hard X-ray Inverse Compton Source at the Duke Storage Ring”, V.N. Litvinenko, G. Barnett, B. Burnham, J.M.J. Madey, Y. Wu., in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 358 (1995) 345-348.


Marc R. Sontag and Bentley H. Burnham.  “Respiration Responsive Gating Means and Apparatus and Methods Using the Same”. Patent #6,076,005, issued June 13, 2000, and patent #6,298,260 B1, issued October 2, 2001.


B.A. Lehigh University
>M.A. and Ph.D. Duke University