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

Qin, G. Y., and B. Müller. “Elliptic and triangular flow anisotropy in deuteron-gold collisions at sNN =200 GeV at RHIC and in proton-lead collisions at sNN =5.02 TeV at the LHC.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 89, no. 4, Apr. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.89.044902. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Elliptic flow from thermal photons with magnetic field in holography.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 89, no. 2, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.89.026013. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “Mapping the proton's fluctuating size and shape.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 89, no. 2, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.89.025019. Full Text

Caceres, E., et al. “Jet quenching and holographic thermalization.” Aip Conference Proceedings, vol. 1560, Dec. 2013, pp. 672–74. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.4826868. Full Text

Balasubramanian, V., et al. “Inhomogeneous thermalization in strongly coupled field theories..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 111, no. 23, Dec. 2013. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.111.231602. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C., and B. Müller. “How to catch a 'fat' proton.” Annals of Physics, Dec. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.aop.2014.07.040. Full Text

Iida, H., et al. “Entropy production in classical Yang-Mills theory from glasma initial conditions.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 88, no. 9, Nov. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.88.094006. Full Text

Petersen, H., and B. Müller. “Possibility of event shape selection in relativistic heavy ion collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 88, no. 4, Oct. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.88.044918. Full Text

Balasubramanian, V., et al. “Inhomogeneous holographic thermalization.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2013, no. 10, Springer Nature, Oct. 2013. Crossref, doi:10.1007/jhep10(2013)082. Full Text

Müller, B. “No Pain, No Gain: Hard Probes of the Quark-Gluon Plasma Coming of Age.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 910–911, Aug. 2013, pp. 5–11. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2012.12.069. Full Text

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