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., Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1973

  • M.S., Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany) 1972

Majumder, A., and B. Müller. “Hadron mass spectrum from lattice QCD.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 105, no. 25, Dec. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.252002. Full Text

Qin, G. Y., et al. “Translation of collision geometry fluctuations into momentum anisotropies in relativistic heavy-ion collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 82, no. 6, Dec. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.82.064903. Full Text

Müller, B., and A. Schäfer. “Charge fluctuations from the chiral magnetic effect in nuclear collisions.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 82, no. 5, Nov. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.82.057902. Full Text

Shin, G. R., et al. “Transport theoretical description of collisional energy loss in infinite quark-gluon matter.” Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 37, no. 10, Oct. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0954-3899/37/10/105112. Full Text

Mrówczyński, S., and B. Müller. “Quasilinear transport approach to equilibration of quark-gluon plasmas.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 81, no. 6, Mar. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.81.065021. Full Text Open Access Copy

Asakawa, M., et al. “Electric charge separation in strong transient magnetic fields.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 81, no. 6, Jan. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.81.064912. Full Text Open Access Copy

Petersen, H., et al. “Triangular flow in event-by-event ideal hydrodynamics in Au+Au collisions at √SNN = 200A GeV.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 82, no. 4, Jan. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.82.041901. Full Text Open Access Copy

Majumder, A., et al. “Momentum broadening of a fast parton in a perturbative quark-gluon plasma.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 80, no. 12, Dec. 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.80.125020. Full Text Open Access Copy

Greiner, W., and B. Müller. “Gauge theory of weak interactions.” Gauge Theory of Weak Interactions, Dec. 2009, pp. 1–404. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-540-87843-8. Full Text

Fries, R. J., et al. “From 0 to 5000 in 2 × 10-24 seconds: Entropy production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions.” Nuclear Physics A, vol. 830, no. 1–4, Nov. 2009, pp. 519c-522c. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2009.09.041. Full Text