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

Rafelski, J., et al. “The charged vacuum in over-critical fields.” Nuclear Physics, Section B, vol. 68, no. 2, Jan. 1974, pp. 585–604. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0550-3213(74)90333-2. Full Text

Rafelski, J., et al. “Critical discussion of the vacuum polarization measurements in muonic atoms.” Annals of Physics, vol. 88, no. 2, Jan. 1974, pp. 419–53. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0003-4916(74)90177-8. Full Text

Müller, B., and W. Greiner. “The change of the vacuum in superheavy quasi-molecules.” Physica Scripta, vol. 10, Jan. 1974, pp. 170–74. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0031-8949/10/A/029. Full Text

Rafelski, J., et al. “The charged vacuum in overcritical fields.” Nukleonika, vol. 19, no. 7–8, Jan. 1974, pp. 747–65.

Mueller, B., et al. “Solution of the Dirac equation with two Coulomb centres.” Nukleonika, vol. 19, no. 7–8, Jan. 1974, pp. 741–46.

Müller, B., and W. Greiner. “Theory of induced molecular-orbital K X rays in heavy-ion collisions.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 33, no. 8, Jan. 1974, pp. 469–73. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.33.469. Full Text

Smith, K., et al. “Induced decay of the neutral vaccum in overcritical fields occurring in heavy-ion collisions.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 32, no. 10, Jan. 1974, pp. 554–56. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.32.554. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Electron wave functions in over-critical electrostatic potentials.” Il Nuovo Cimento a Series 11, vol. 18, no. 3, Dec. 1973, pp. 551–73. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02722798. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Solution of the Dirac equation with two Coulomb centres.” Physics Letters B, vol. 47, no. 1, Oct. 1973, pp. 5–7. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0370-2693(73)90554-6. Full Text

Peitz, H., et al. “Autoionization spectra of positrons in heavy-ion collisions.” Lettere Al Nuovo Cimento Series 2, vol. 8, no. 1, Sept. 1973, pp. 37–42. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02727627. Full Text

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