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
(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

Soffel, M., et al. “Particles in a stationary spherically symmetric gravitational field.” Journal of Physics A: General Physics, vol. 10, no. 4, Dec. 1977, pp. 551–60. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0305-4470/10/4/017. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Interpretation of external fields as temperature.” Physics Letters A, vol. 63, no. 3, Nov. 1977, pp. 181–83. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0375-9601(77)90866-0. Full Text

Soff, G., and B. Müller. “Transition rates of electrons in superheavy elements.” Zeitschrift Für Physik a Atoms and Nuclei, vol. 280, no. 3, Sept. 1977, pp. 243–47. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01434348. Full Text

Soffel, M., et al. “The electrostatic and gravitational field of spherically symmetric objects.” Physics Letters A, vol. 62, no. 2, July 1977, pp. 67–69. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0375-9601(77)90951-3. Full Text

Soff, G., et al. “Shakeoff of the vacuum polarization in quasimolecular collisions of very heavy ions.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 38, no. 11, Jan. 1977, pp. 592–95. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.38.592. Full Text

Fink, H. J., et al. “Parastatistics as an effective description of complex particles.” J. Phys. G, vol. 3, 1977, pp. 1119–31.

Rafelski, J., and B. Müller. “The critical distance in collisions of heavy ions.” Physics Letters B, vol. 65, no. 3, Nov. 1976, pp. 205–08. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0370-2693(76)90163-5. Full Text

Rafelski, J., and B. Müller. “Vector coupling and bound states of fermions in three space dimensions.” Physical Review D, vol. 14, no. 12, Jan. 1976, pp. 3532–35. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.14.3532. Full Text

Rafelski, J., and B. M̈ller. “Magnetic splitting of quasimolecular electronic states in strong fields.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 36, no. 10, Jan. 1976, pp. 517–20. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.36.517. Full Text

Müller, B., and W. Greiner. “The Two Centre Dirac Equation.” Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung  Section a Journal of Physical Sciences, vol. 31, no. 1, Jan. 1976, pp. 1–30. Scopus, doi:10.1515/zna-1976-0102. Full Text