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.
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
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