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.
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