Berndt Mueller

Berndt Mueller

James B. Duke Professor of Physics

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

Qin, G. Y., and B. Müller. “Erratum: Explanation of dijet asymmetry in Pb-pb collisions at the large hadron collider (Physical Review Letters).” Physical Review Letters, vol. 108, no. 18, May 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.189904. Full Text

Müller, B. “Strangeness and the quark-gluon PLASMA: Thirty years of discovery.” Acta Physica Polonica B, vol. 43, no. 4, Apr. 2012, pp. 761–70. Scopus, doi:10.5506/APhysPolB.43.761. Full Text

Kapusta, J., et al. “Relativistic noise.” Acta Physica Polonica B, vol. 43, no. 4, Apr. 2012, pp. 781–90. Scopus, doi:10.5506/APhysPolB.43.781. Full Text

Tsai, H. M., and B. Müller. “Entropy production and equilibration in Yang-Mills quantum mechanics.” Physical Review E  Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol. 85, no. 1, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.85.011110. Full Text

Yang, D. L., and B. Müller. “J/ψ production by magnetic excitation of ηc.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 39, no. 1, Jan. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/39/1/015007. Full Text

Yang, D. L., et al. “J/Ψ production by magnetic excitation of ηc.” J. Phys. G, vol. 39, 2012.

M, D. M., et al. “Transverse energy density fluctuations in the color glass condensate model.” Phys. Rev. D, vol. 85, 2012.

Müller, B., and A. SchÄfer. “Entropy creation in relativistic heavy ion collisions.” International Journal of Modern Physics E, vol. 20, no. 11, Nov. 2011, pp. 2235–67. Scopus, doi:10.1142/S0218301311020459. Full Text

Balasubramanian, V., et al. “Holographic thermalization.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 84, no. 2, July 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.84.026010. Full Text

Müller, B. “The limits of ordinary matter.” Science, vol. 332, no. 6037, June 2011, pp. 1513–14. Scopus, doi:10.1126/science.1207995. Full Text