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“By making space-based low frequency radio astronomy possible, we will open an unexplored frequency band for science. I’m looking forward to very exciting results.”

Research profile

Mark Bentum is a Full Professor in Radio Science with the research group Electromagnetics at the TU/e department of Electrical Engineering. He is also affiliated with the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), where he is head of the radio group. His main research interest is in radio astronomy, particular in low frequency radio astronomy. He is the initiator of the OLFAR project, the Orbiting Low Frequency Antennas for Radio astronomy. OLFAR is a space-based radio telescope to observe the sky at frequencies below 30 MHz consisting of many small satellites. Opening this virtually unexplored frequency band will possibly lead to new scientific insights, like the formation of the Universe and the detection of magnetized exoplanets.  

At TU/e his work focuses on various aspects of this radio telescope, such as the antenna systems, the calibration of the array, the clocking and synchronization of all the elements, localization, interference mitigation and the signal processing aspects of the telescope. Mark Bentum is a senior member of the IEEE, vice chair of the IEEE Benelux section, initiator and chair of the IEEE Benelux AESS/GRSS chapter, and has acted as a reviewer for various conferences and journals.

Academic background

Mark Bentum studied Electrical Engineering) at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) where he obtained his MSc degree (with honours, 1991) and his PhD degree (1995). In 1996, he joined the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) where he currently is the head of the radio group. From 2005 until 2008, he was responsible for the construction of the first software radio telescope in the world, LOFAR (Low Frequency Array). From 2008 until 2017, Mark Bentum was an Associate Professor of Short Range Radio in the Telecommunication Engineering Group at the University of Twente. In 2017, he became a Full Professor in Radio Science with the research group Electromagnetics at Eindhoven University of Technology. Mark Bentum holds also an MBA degree from Nyenrode Business Universiteit (2002). 

External positions

Senior Researcher, ASTRON

1 Jun 2008 → …

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Radio astronomy Engineering & Materials Science
radio Earth & Environmental Sciences
low frequencies Physics & Astronomy
radio astronomy Physics & Astronomy
Antennas Engineering & Materials Science
Radio telescopes Engineering & Materials Science
Nanosatellites Engineering & Materials Science
astronomy Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2018 2021

NSOKNW.2017.001: Space-based radio astronomy

Gerrits, E., Bentum, M. J., Smeets, R., Smeets, R., Babayan Mashhadi, S. & Sundaramoorthy, P.

Delft University of Technology

4/11/1831/12/21

Project: Research direct

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Research Output 2014 2019

A roadmap towards a space-based radio telescope for ultra-low frequency radio astronomy

Bentum, M. J., Verma, M. K., Rajan, R. T., Boonstra, A. J., Verhoeven, C. J. M., Gill, E. K. A., van der Veen, A. J., Falcke, H., Wolt, M. K., Monna, B., Engelen, S., Rotteveel, J. & Gurvits, L. I., 23 Sep 2019, In : Advances in Space Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Radio astronomy
Radio telescopes
extremely low frequencies
radio astronomy
radio telescopes

Design of an ultra low frequency CubeSat antenna payload for radio astronomy in space: state of the art

Vertegaal, C. J. C. & Bentum, M. J., 1 Jul 2019, 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting, APSURSI 2019 - Proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 407-408 2 p. 8889099

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Radio astronomy
Antennas
Spiral antennas

DIY electromagnetic phantoms for biomedical wireless power transfer experiments

van Nunen, T., Mestrom, R., Visser, H., Huismans, E. & Bentum, M., 20 Jun 2019, Wireless Power Week 2019 proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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preservatives
electromagnetism
probes
sucrose
sugars

Low-frequency observations using high-altitude balloon experiments (LOBE)

Rajan, R. T., Sundaramoorthy, P., Vertegaal, C., Montage, A., Karunanithi, V., Verma, M., Bentum, M. J. & Verhoeven, C., 1 Oct 2019, 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). International Astronautical Federation, 6 p. IAC-19-A7.3.11

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Radio astronomy
Balloons
Earth (planet)
Antennas
Wavelength
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Low-power BPSK inductive data link for an implanted intracortical visual prosthesis

Omisakin, A., Mestrom, R. & Bentum, M., 7 Oct 2019, 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Binary phase shift keying
Electric power utilization
Communication
Digital to analog conversion
Refining

Courses

Electromagnetics II

1/09/13 → …

Course

Phased array and smart antennas

1/09/15 → …

Course

Wireless communications

1/09/15 → …

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