Berndt Mueller

Berndt Mueller

James B. Duke 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

Neufeld, R. B., and B. Müller. “Sound produced by a fast parton in the quark-gluon plasma is a "crescendo"..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 103, no. 4, July 2009. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.103.042301. Full Text

Tsai, H. M., and B. Müller. “Phenomenology of the three-flavor PNJL model and thermal strange quark production.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 36, no. 7, June 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/36/7/075101. Full Text

Lee, K. S., et al. “Hadronization via recombination.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 36, no. 6, June 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/36/6/064034. Full Text

Müller, B. “The flavours of the quark-gluon plasma.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 36, no. 6, June 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/36/6/064001. Full Text

Müller, B. “The "perfect" fluid quenches jets almost perfectly.” Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics, vol. 62, no. 2, Apr. 2009, pp. 551–55. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.ppnp.2008.12.028. Full Text

Fries, R. J., et al. “Decoherence and entropy production in relativistic nuclear collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 79, no. 3, Mar. 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.79.034904. Full Text

Kunihiro, T., et al. “Towards a theory of entropy production in the little and big bang.” Progress of Theoretical Physics, vol. 121, no. 3, Mar. 2009, pp. 555–75. Scopus, doi:10.1143/PTP.121.555. Full Text

Asakawa, M., et al. “Hydrodynamic Expansion with the QCD Critical Point(Thermal Quantum Field Theories and Their Applications).” Soryushiron Kenkyu, vol. 116, no. 6, Soryushiron Kenkyu, Feb. 2009, pp. F36–38.

uuml, M., and B. ller. “Viewpoint: Looking for parity violation in heavy-ion collisions.” Physics, vol. 2, 2009.

Neufeld, R. B., et al. “Sonic Mach cones induced by fast partons in a perturbative quark-gluon plasma.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 78, no. 4, Oct. 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.78.041901. Full Text