Berndt Mueller

James B. Duke Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
250 Physics Bldg, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Phone: 
(919) 660-2570

Overview

Prof. Mueller's work focuses on nuclear matter at extreme energy density. Quantum chromodynamics, the fundamental theory of nuclear forces, predicts that nuclear matter dissolves into quarks and gluons, the elementary constituents of protons and neutrons, when a critical density or temperature is exceeded. He and his collaborators are theoretically studying the properties of this "quark-gluon plasma", its formation, and its detection in high-energy nuclear collisions. His other research interests include symmetry violating processes in the very early universe and the chaotic dynamics of elementary particle fields. Prof. Mueller is the coauthor of textbooks on the Physics of the Quark-Gluon Plasma, on Symmetry Principles in Quantum Mechanics, on Weak Interactions, and on Neural Networks.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1973

  • M.S., Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1972

Selected Grants

Mueller BNL Support awarded by Brookhaven National Labs (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018

Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2018

JET Collaboration awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Probing the QCD Equation of State and Hadronization at RHIC awarded by National Science Foundation (Core PI). 2003 to 2007

Quantum Chromodynamics and Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 2005

Quantum Chromodynamics and Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Office of Energy Research (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 2001

(97-0082) Quantum Chromodynamics and Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Office of Energy Research (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1998

(98-0087) Quantum Chromodynamics and Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Office of Energy Research (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1998

Pages

Koch, P, Müller, B, and Rafelski, J. "From strangeness enhancement to quark–gluon plasma discovery." International Journal of Modern Physics A (November 2, 2017): 1730024-1730024. Full Text

Yao, X, Mehen, T, and Müller, B. "Dynamical screening of resonant scattering and thermal nuclear scattering rate in a plasma." Physical Review D 95.11 (June 2017). Full Text

Yang, D-L, and Müller, B. "Shear viscosities of photons in strongly coupled plasmas." Physics Letters B 760 (September 2016): 565-570. Full Text

Accardi, A, Albacete, JL, Anselmino, M, Armesto, N, Aschenauer, EC, Bacchetta, A, Boer, D, Brooks, WK, Burton, T, Chang, N-B, Deng, W-T, Deshpande, A, Diehl, M, Dumitru, A, Dupré, R, Ent, R, Fazio, S, Gao, H, Guzey, V, Hakobyan, H, Hao, Y, Hasch, D, Holt, R, Horn, T, Huang, M, Hutton, A, Hyde, C, Jalilian-Marian, J, Klein, S, Kopeliovich, B, Kovchegov, Y, Kumar, K, Kumerički, K, Lamont, MAC, Lappi, T, Lee, J-H, Lee, Y, Levin, EM, Lin, F-L, Litvinenko, V, Ludlam, TW, Marquet, C, and Meziani, Z-E et al. "Electron-Ion Collider: The next QCD frontier." The European Physical Journal A 52.9 (September 2016). Full Text

Yao, X, Mehen, T, and Müller, B. "An effective field theory approach to the stabilization of 8 Be in a QED plasma." Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 43.7 (July 1, 2016): 07LT02-07LT02. Full Text

Müller, B, and Yang, D-L. "Viscous leptons in the quark gluon plasma." Physical Review D 91.12 (June 2015). Full Text

Muller, B. "PHENIX and the quest for the quark-gluon plasma." Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics 2015.3 (January 12, 2015): 3A103-0. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C, and Müller, B. "How to catch a ‘fat’ proton." Annals of Physics 352 (January 2015): 59-69. Full Text

Asakawa, M, Bass, SA, and Mueller, B. "Center domains and their phenomenological consequences in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions." Nuclear Physics A 931 (November 1, 2014): 1120-1124. Full Text

Asakawa, M, Bass, SA, and Mueller, B. "Center domains and their phenomenological consequences in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions." Nuclear Physics A 931 (November 2014): 1120-1124. Full Text

Pages

Cao, S, Qin, G-Y, Bass, SA, and Müller, B. "Heavy quark energy loss and angular de-correlation in a quark-gluon plasma matter." September 19, 2013. Full Text