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

Soff, G., et al. “Solution of the Dirac equation for scalar potentials and its implications in atomic physics.” Z. Naturforsch., vol. 28a, 1973, pp. 1389–96.

Rafelski, J., et al. “Superheavy electronic molecules.” Lettere Al Nuovo Cimento Series 2, vol. 4, no. 11, July 1972, pp. 469–74. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02757147. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Auto-ionization of positrons in heavy ion collisions.” Zeitschrift Für Physik, vol. 257, no. 3, June 1972, pp. 183–211. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01401203. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Electron shells in over-critical external fields.” Zeitschrift Für Physik, vol. 257, no. 1, Feb. 1972, pp. 62–77. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01398198. Full Text

uuml, M., et al. “Electron shells in strong external fields.” Z. Phys. A, vol. 257, 1972, pp. 62–77.

Müller, B., et al. “Solution of the dirac equation for strong external fields.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 28, no. 19, Jan. 1972, pp. 1235–38. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.28.1235. Full Text

Bertsch, G., et al. NUCLEAR THEORY WHITE PAPER 1995.