James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Physics
Professor with Tenure
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.
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
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. “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