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
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

Vasak, D., et al. “Pion radiation from fast heavy ions.” Physica Scripta, vol. 22, no. 1, Jan. 1980, pp. 25–35. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0031-8949/22/1/004. Full Text

Müller, B. “Some comments on the relativistic Thomas-Fermi model.” “Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics,” vol. 94, no. 2, Jan. 1980, pp. 275–76. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0370-2693(80)90876-X. Full Text

Gärtner, P., et al. “Limiting charge for point nuclei.” “Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics,” vol. 95, no. 2, Jan. 1980, pp. 181–84. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0370-2693(80)90464-5. Full Text

-H.wietschorke, K., et al. “Self-consistent determination of critical two-centre distances.” Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics, vol. 12, no. 1, Dec. 1979. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0022-3700/12/1/007. Full Text

Rihan, T. H., et al. “On the adequacy of first-order perturbation theory for calculations of inner-shell ionisation.” Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics, vol. 12, no. 5, Dec. 1979, pp. 761–74. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0022-3700/12/5/020. Full Text

Theis, J., et al. “How good is the adiabatic basis in heavy ion collisions?Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics, vol. 12, no. 16, Dec. 1979. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0022-3700/12/16/001. Full Text

Müller, A., et al. “Cosmological particle production.” Physics Letters A, vol. 74, no. 3–4, Nov. 1979, pp. 281–84. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0375-9601(79)90794-1. Full Text

Kirsch, J., et al. “The impact parameter dependence of the Pb + Pb K - MO spectrum.” Zeitschrift Für Physik a Atoms and Nuclei, vol. 292, no. 3, Sept. 1979, pp. 227–34. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01547466. Full Text

Reinhardt, J., et al. “Delta electrons: An atomic clock for deep inelastic collisions.” Zeitschrift Für Physik a Atoms and Nuclei, vol. 292, no. 2, June 1979, pp. 211–12. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01441628. Full Text

Hofmann, J., et al. “Phase transitions and shock waves in nuclei.” Physics Letters B, vol. 82, no. 2, Mar. 1979, pp. 195–98. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0370-2693(79)90734-2. Full Text

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