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

Selected Grants

Quantum Chromodynamics and Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Office of Energy Research (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1998

Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1995

Workshop on QCD Vacuum Structure awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1993


Müller, B., and A. Schäfer. “Hot spaghetti: Viscous gravitational collapse.” European Physical Journal A, vol. 54, no. 2, Feb. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epja/i2018-12411-0. Full Text

Yao, X., and B. Müller. “Approach to equilibrium of quarkonium in quark-gluon plasma.” Physical Review C, vol. 97, no. 1, Jan. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.97.014908. Full Text

Yao, X., et al. “Quarkonium production in heavy ion collisions: Coupled Boltzmann transport equations.” Proceedings of Science, vol. 345, Jan. 2018.

Koch, P., et al. “From strangeness enhancement to quark-gluon plasma discovery.” International Journal of Modern Physics A, vol. 32, no. 31, Nov. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1142/S0217751X17300241. Full Text

Yao, X., et al. “Dynamical screening of α-α Resonant scattering and thermal nuclear scattering rate in a plasma.” Physical Review D, vol. 95, no. 11, June 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.95.116002. Full Text

Yang, D. L., and B. Müller. “Shear viscosities of photons in strongly coupled plasmas.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 760, Sept. 2016, pp. 565–70. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.07.034. Full Text

Accardi, A., et al. “Electron-Ion Collider: The next QCD frontier: Understanding the glue that binds us all.” European Physical Journal A, vol. 52, no. 9, Sept. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epja/i2016-16268-9. Full Text Open Access Copy

Yao, X., et al. “An effective field theory approach to the stabilization of 8Be in a QED plasma.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 43, no. 7, May 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/43/7/07LT02. Full Text

Müller, Berndt. A New Phase of Matter: Quark-Gluon Plasma Beyond the Hagedorn Critical Temperature. Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 107–16. Crossref, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-17545-4_14. Full Text

Müller, B., and D. L. Yang. “Viscous leptons in the quark gluon plasma.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 91, no. 12, June 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.91.125010. Full Text