Berndt Mueller

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

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

(92-0798) Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1995

(92-0409) Workshop on QCD Vacuum Structure awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1993

Pages

Koch, P., et al. “From strangeness enhancement to quark-gluon plasma discovery.” International Journal of Modern Physics A, vol. 32, no. 31, Nov. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1142/S0217751X17300241. Full Text

Yao, X., et al. “Dynamical screening of α-α Resonant scattering and thermal nuclear scattering rate in a plasma.” Physical Review D, vol. 95, no. 11, June 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.95.116002. Full Text

Yang, D. L., and B. Müller. “Shear viscosities of photons in strongly coupled plasmas.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 760, Sept. 2016, pp. 565–70. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.07.034. Full Text

Accardi, A., et al. “Electron-Ion Collider: The next QCD frontier: Understanding the glue that binds us all.” European Physical Journal A, vol. 52, no. 9, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epja/i2016-16268-9. Full Text Open Access Copy

Yao, X., et al. “An effective field theory approach to the stabilization of 8Be in a QED plasma.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 43, no. 7, May 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/43/7/07LT02. Full Text

Müller, Berndt. A New Phase of Matter: Quark-Gluon Plasma Beyond the Hagedorn Critical Temperature. Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 107–16. Crossref, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-17545-4_14. Full Text

Müller, B., and D. L. Yang. “Viscous leptons in the quark gluon plasma.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 91, no. 12, June 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.91.125010. Full Text

Müller, B. “PHENIX and the quest for the quark-gluon plasma.” Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, vol. 2015, no. 3, Nov. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1093/ptep/ptu137. Full Text

Asakawa, M., et al. “Center domains and their phenomenological consequences in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 931, Nov. 2014, pp. 1120–24. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2014.08.005. Full Text

Burke, K. M., et al. “Extracting the jet transport coefficient from jet quenching in high-energy heavy-ion collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 90, no. 1, July 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.90.014909. Full Text

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