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
Phone: 
(919) 660-2570

Overview

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

Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “A "helium atom" of space: Dynamical instability of the isochoric pentahedron.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 87, no. 4, Feb. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.87.044047. Full Text

Müller, B., and D. L. Yang. “Light probes in a strongly coupled anisotropic plasma.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 87, no. 4, Feb. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.87.046004. Full Text

Balasubramanian, V., et al. “Thermalization of the spectral function in strongly coupled two dimensional conformal field theories.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2013, no. 4, Jan. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP04(2013)069. Full Text

Müller, B. “Investigation of hot QCD matter: Theoretical aspects.” Physica Scripta, vol. T158, Jan. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0031-8949/2013/T158/014004. Full Text

Armesto, N., et al. “Comparison of jet quenching formalisms for a quark-gluon plasma "brick".” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 86, no. 6, Dec. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.86.064904. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “First results from Pb+Pb collisions at the LHC.” Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, vol. 62, Dec. 2012, pp. 361–86. Scopus, doi:10.1146/annurev-nucl-102711-094910. Full Text

Arnold, P., et al. “What is the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) and how do we find out?Proceedings of Science, Dec. 2012.

Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “Results of a systematic study of dijet suppression measured at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 86, no. 5, Nov. 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.86.054901. Full Text

Jacak, B. V., and B. Müller. “The exploration of hot nuclear matter.” Science, vol. 337, no. 6092, July 2012, pp. 310–14. Scopus, doi:10.1126/science.1215901. Full Text

Müller, B., and A. Schäfer. “Transverse energy density fluctuations in heavy-ion collisions in a gaussian model.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 85, no. 11, June 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.85.114030. Full Text

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