Berndt Mueller

Berndt Mueller

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Physics

Professor with Tenure

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


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., Goethe Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1973

  • M.S., Goethe Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1972

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

Bass, S. A., et al. “RHIC physics with the parton cascade model.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 30, no. 8, Aug. 2004. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/30/8/109. Full Text

Fries, R. J., and B. Müller. “Heavy ions at LHC: Theoretical issues.” European Physical Journal C, vol. 34, July 2004, pp. 279–85. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjcd/s2004-04-026-6. Full Text

Müller, B. “Musings about the Few-Body Problem.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 737, no. SUPPL., June 2004, pp. 3–6. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2004.03.216. 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