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

Betz, W., et al. “Direct formation of quasimolecular 1sσ vacancies in uranium-uranium collisions.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 37, no. 16, Jan. 1976, pp. 1046–49. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.37.1046. Full Text

Gros, M, Muller, B, and Greiner, W. "Radiative transitions induced in heavy-ion collisions." Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics 9.11 (1976): 1849-1856. Full Text

uuml, M., and B. ller. “Positron creation in superheavy quasimolecules.” Ann. Rev. Nucl. Science, vol. 26, 1976, pp. 351–83.

Smith, K., et al. “Dynamical theory of intermediate molecular phenomena in heavy ion scattering.” Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics, vol. 8, no. 1, Dec. 1975, pp. 75–101. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0022-3700/8/1/013. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Spectroscopy of superheavy two centre orbitals.” Physics Letters B, vol. 53, no. 5, Jan. 1975, pp. 401–04. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0370-2693(75)90202-6. Full Text

Smith, R. K., et al. “Sudden rearrangements in intermediate molecular systems.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 34, no. 3, Jan. 1975, pp. 117–20. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.34.117. Full Text

Müller, B., and J. Rafelski. “Stabilization of the charged vacuum created by very strong electrical fields in nuclear matter.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 34, no. 6, Jan. 1975, pp. 349–52. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.34.349. Full Text

Soff, G., et al. “Precise Values for Critical Fields in Quantum Electrodynamics.” Zeitschrift Fur Naturforsch.Ung  Section a Journal of Physical Sciences, vol. 29, no. 9, Sept. 1974, pp. 1267–75. Scopus, doi:10.1515/zna-1974-0905. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Induced radiative transitions of intermediate molecules in heavy ion collisions.” Physics Letters B, vol. 49, no. 3, Apr. 1974, pp. 219–23. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0370-2693(74)90417-1. Full Text

Soff, G., and B. Müller. “Transition energies in the ionized Br+Br quasi-molecule.” Lettere Al Nuovo Cimento Series 2, vol. 9, no. 14, Apr. 1974, pp. 557–60. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02759371. Full Text