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., Goethe Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1973

  • M.S., Goethe Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1972

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

Müller, B., and R. B. Neufeld. “The sound of a fast parton in QCD.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 35, no. 10, Oct. 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/35/10/104108. Full Text

Fries, R. J., et al. “Stress tensor and bulk viscosity in relativistic nuclear collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 78, no. 3, Sept. 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.78.034913. Full Text

Asakawa, M., et al. “Transverse velocity dependence of the proton-antiproton ratio as a signature of the QCD critical point.Physical Review Letters, vol. 101, no. 12, Sept. 2008, p. 122302. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.101.122302. Full Text

Majumder, A., et al. “Photon bremsstrahlung and diffusive broadening of a hard jet.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 77, no. 6, June 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.77.065209. Full Text

Majumder, A., and B. Müller. “Higher twist jet broadening and classical propagation.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 77, no. 5, May 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.77.054903. Full Text

Müller, B. “Theoretical challenges posed by the data from RHIC.” Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement, no. 174, Jan. 2008, pp. 103–21. Scopus, doi:10.1143/PTPS.174.103. Full Text

Müller, B. “From quark-gluon plasma to the perfect liquid.” Acta Physica Polonica B, vol. 38, no. 12, Dec. 2007, pp. 3705–29.