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.
Müller, B., and C. I. Tan. “International Journal of Modern Physics A: Preface.” International Journal of Modern Physics A, vol. 20, no. 19, July 2005.
Ruppert, J., and B. Müller. “Waking the colored plasma.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 618, no. 1–4, July 2005, pp. 123–30. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2005.04.075. Full Text
Müller, B., et al. “Thermal recombination: Beyond the valence quark approximation.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 618, no. 1–4, July 2005, pp. 77–83. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2005.05.025. Full Text
Nonaka, C., et al. “Recombination plus fragmentation model at RHIC: Elliptic flow.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 31, no. 4, Apr. 2005. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/31/4/053. Full Text
Fries, R. J., et al. “Correlated emission of hadrons from recombination of correlated partons.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 94, no. 12, Apr. 2005, p. 122301. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.94.122301. Full Text
Fries, R. J., et al. “Centrality dependence of direct photons in Au + Au collisions at sNN=200 GeV.” Physical Review C Nuclear Physics, vol. 72, no. 4, Jan. 2005. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.72.041902. Full Text
Nonaka, C., et al. “Possible resolution of the D-paradox.” Phys. Rev. C, vol. 71, 2005.