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

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. “Holographic thermalization.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 84, no. 2, July 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.84.026010. Full Text

Müller, B. “The limits of ordinary matter.” Science, vol. 332, no. 6037, June 2011, pp. 1513–14. Scopus, doi:10.1126/science.1207995. 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

Müller, B. “Parton energy loss in strongly coupled AdS/CFT.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 855, no. 1, Apr. 2011, pp. 74–82. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2011.02.022. 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.

Kunihiro, T., et al. “Chaotic behavior in classical Yang-Mills dynamics.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 82, no. 11, Dec. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.82.114015. Full Text