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. “PHENIX and the quest for the quark-gluon plasma.” Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, vol. 2015, no. 3, Nov. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1093/ptep/ptu137. Full Text

Asakawa, M., et al. “Center domains and their phenomenological consequences in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 931, Nov. 2014, pp. 1120–24. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2014.08.005. Full Text

Burke, K. M., et al. “Extracting the jet transport coefficient from jet quenching in high-energy heavy-ion collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 90, no. 1, July 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.90.014909. Full Text

Qin, G. Y., and B. Müller. “Elliptic and triangular flow anisotropy in deuteron-gold collisions at sNN =200 GeV at RHIC and in proton-lead collisions at sNN =5.02 TeV at the LHC.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 89, no. 4, Apr. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.89.044902. Full Text

Müller, B., et al. “Elliptic flow from thermal photons with magnetic field in holography.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 89, no. 2, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.89.026013. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C. E., and B. Müller. “Mapping the proton's fluctuating size and shape.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 89, no. 2, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.89.025019. Full Text

Caceres, E., et al. “Jet quenching and holographic thermalization.” Aip Conference Proceedings, vol. 1560, Dec. 2013, pp. 672–74. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.4826868. Full Text

Balasubramanian, V., et al. “Inhomogeneous thermalization in strongly coupled field theories.Physical Review Letters, vol. 111, no. 23, Dec. 2013, p. 231602. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.111.231602. Full Text

Coleman-Smith, C., and B. Müller. “How to catch a 'fat' proton.” Annals of Physics, Dec. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.aop.2014.07.040. Full Text

Iida, H., et al. “Entropy production in classical Yang-Mills theory from glasma initial conditions.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 88, no. 9, Nov. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.88.094006. Full Text