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

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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