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.
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. “Thermalization of strongly coupled field theories.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 106, no. 19, May 2011, p. 191601. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.106.191601. Full Text
Qin, G. Y., and B. Müller. “Explanation of dijet asymmetry in Pb-pb collisions at the large hadron collider.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 106, no. 16, Apr. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.162302. Full Text
Asakawa, M., et al. “Anomalous transport processes in turbulent non-Abelian plasmas.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 854, no. 1, Mar. 2011, pp. 76–80. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2010.07.013. Full Text
Stave, S., et al. “Understanding the B11(p,α)αα reaction at the 0.675 MeV resonance.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 696, no. 1–2, Jan. 2011, pp. 26–29. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2010.12.015. Full Text
Qin, G. Y., et al. “Di-jet asymmetry in Pb+Pb collisions at the Large Hadron Collide.” Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 106, 2011.