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

Petersen, H., and B. Müller. “Possibility of event shape selection in relativistic heavy ion collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 88, no. 4, Oct. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.88.044918. Full Text

Balasubramanian, V., et al. “Inhomogeneous holographic thermalization.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2013, no. 10, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Oct. 2013. Crossref, doi:10.1007/jhep10(2013)082. Full Text

Müller, B. “No Pain, No Gain: Hard Probes of the Quark-Gluon Plasma Coming of Age.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 910–911, Aug. 2013, pp. 5–11. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2012.12.069. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “What can we learn from dijets? A systematic study at RHIC with VNI/BMS.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 910–911, Aug. 2013, pp. 429–32. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2012.12.014. Full Text

Kirakosyan, M., et al. “Turbulence-induced instabilities in EP and QGP.” Acta Physica Polonica B, Proceedings Supplement, vol. 6, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 403–08. Scopus, doi:10.5506/APhysPolBSupp.6.403. Full Text

Asakawa, Masayuki, et al. “Center domains and their phenomenological consequences.Physical Review Letters, vol. 110, no. 20, May 2013, p. 202301. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.110.202301. Full Text

Cao, S., et al. “Collisional vs. radiative energy loss of heavy quark in a hot and dense nuclear matter.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 904–905, May 2013, pp. 653c-656c. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2013.02.100. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C. E., et al. “Systematic Monte-Carlo studies of dijets at RHIC using the VNI/BMS Parton Cascade.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 904–905, May 2013, pp. 759c-762c. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2013.02.128. Full Text

Kapusta, J. I., et al. “Hydrodynamic noise and Bjorken expansion.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 904–905, May 2013, pp. 499c-502c. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2013.02.062. Full Text

Ayyar, V., and B. Müller. “Approach to equilibrium in the caldeira-leggett model.” International Journal of Modern Physics E, vol. 22, no. 3, Mar. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1142/S021830131350016X. Full Text