# Berndt Mueller

## James B. Duke Professor of Physics

### 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.

Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “What can we learn from dijets? A systematic study at RHIC with VNI/BMS.” *Nuclear Physics A*, vol. 910–911, Aug. 2013, pp. 429–32. *Scopus*, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2012.12.014.
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Kirakosyan, M., et al. “Turbulence-induced instabilities in EP and QGP.” *Acta Physica Polonica B, Proceedings Supplement*, vol. 6, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 403–08. *Scopus*, doi:10.5506/APhysPolBSupp.6.403.
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Asakawa, Masayuki, et al. “Center domains and their phenomenological consequences..” *Physical Review Letters*, vol. 110, no. 20, May 2013. *Epmc*, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.110.202301.
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Cao, S., et al. “Collisional vs. radiative energy loss of heavy quark in a hot and dense nuclear matter.” *Nuclear Physics A*, vol. 904–905, May 2013, pp. 653c-656c. *Scopus*, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2013.02.100.
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Coleman-Smith, C. E., et al. “Systematic Monte-Carlo studies of dijets at RHIC using the VNI/BMS Parton Cascade.” *Nuclear Physics A*, vol. 904–905, May 2013, pp. 759c-762c. *Scopus*, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2013.02.128.
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Kapusta, J. I., et al. “Hydrodynamic noise and Bjorken expansion.” *Nuclear Physics A*, vol. 904–905, May 2013, pp. 499c-502c. *Scopus*, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2013.02.062.
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Balasubramanian, V., et al. “Thermalization of the spectral function in strongly coupled two dimensional conformal field theories.” *Journal of High Energy Physics*, vol. 2013, no. 4, Apr. 2013. *Scopus*, doi:10.1007/JHEP04(2013)069.
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Ayyar, V., and B. Müller. “Approach to equilibrium in the caldeira-leggett model.” *International Journal of Modern Physics E*, vol. 22, no. 3, Mar. 2013. *Scopus*, doi:10.1142/S021830131350016X.
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Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “A "helium atom" of space: Dynamical instability of the isochoric pentahedron.” *Physical Review D Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology*, vol. 87, no. 4, Feb. 2013. *Scopus*, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.87.044047.
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Müller, B., and D. L. Yang. “Light probes in a strongly coupled anisotropic plasma.” *Physical Review D Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology*, vol. 87, no. 4, Feb. 2013. *Scopus*, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.87.046004.
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