James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Physics
Professor with Tenure
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.
Nonaka, C., et al. “Possible resolution of the D-paradox.” Phys. Rev. C, vol. 71, 2005.
Matinyan, S. G., et al. “Adventures of the coupled Yang-Mills oscillators: I. semiclassical expansion.” J. Phys. A, vol. 39, 2005, pp. 61–72.
Matinyan, S. G., et al. “Adventures of the coupled Yang-Mills oscillators: II. YM-Higgs quantum mechanics.” J. Phys. A, vol. 39, 2005, pp. 45–59.
Bass, Steffen A., et al. “Photon interferometry of Au+Au collisions at the BNL Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 93, no. 16, Oct. 2004, p. 162301. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.93.162301. Full Text
Biró, T. S., et al. “What is the temperature in heavy ion collisions?” Acta Physica Hungarica, Series A: Heavy Ion Physics, vol. 21, no. 1, Aug. 2004, pp. 85–94. Scopus, doi:10.1556/APH.21.2004.1.9. Full Text
Nonaka, C., et al. “Elliptic flow of resonances in relativistic heavy ion collisions: Probing final state interactions and the structure of resonances.” Physical Review C Nuclear Physics, vol. 69, no. 3, Jan. 2004. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.69.031902. Full Text
Biró, T. S., and B. Müller. “Almost exponential transverse spectra from power law spectra.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 578, no. 1–2, Jan. 2004, pp. 78–84. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2003.10.052. Full Text