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.
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.
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
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
Biro, T. S., et al. Beyond Quantum Field Theory: Chaotic Lattices?
Bertsch, G., et al. NUCLEAR THEORY WHITE PAPER 1995.
Müller, Berndt, and Andreas Schäfer. Why does the thermal model for hadron production in heavy ion collisions work?