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
(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., Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1973

  • M.S., Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1972

Müller, B. “Investigation of hot QCD matter: Theoretical aspects.” Physica Scripta, vol. T158, Jan. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0031-8949/2013/T158/014004. Full Text

Armesto, N., et al. “Comparison of jet quenching formalisms for a quark-gluon plasma "brick".” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 86, no. 6, Dec. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.86.064904. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “First results from Pb+Pb collisions at the LHC.” Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, vol. 62, Dec. 2012, pp. 361–86. Scopus, doi:10.1146/annurev-nucl-102711-094910. Full Text

Arnold, P., et al. “What is the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) and how do we find out?.” Proceedings of Science, Dec. 2012.

Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “Results of a systematic study of dijet suppression measured at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 86, no. 5, Nov. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.86.054901. Full Text

Jacak, B. V., and B. Müller. “The exploration of hot nuclear matter.” Science, vol. 337, no. 6092, July 2012, pp. 310–14. Scopus, doi:10.1126/science.1215901. Full Text

Müller, B., and A. Schäfer. “Transverse energy density fluctuations in heavy-ion collisions in a gaussian model.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 85, no. 11, June 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.85.114030. Full Text

Qin, G. Y., and B. Müller. “Counting hot/cold spots in quark-gluon plasma.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 85, no. 6, June 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.85.061901. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C. E., et al. “Jet modification in a brick of QGP matter.” Aip Conference Proceedings, vol. 1441, May 2012, pp. 892–94. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.3700711. Full Text

Kapusta, J. I., et al. “Relativistic theory of hydrodynamic fluctuations with applications to heavy-ion collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 85, no. 5, May 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.85.054906. Full Text