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

Bertsch, G., et al. NUCLEAR THEORY WHITE PAPER 1995.

Mueller, Berndt. Colored Chaos.

Müller, Berndt, and Andreas Schäfer. “Erratum: Transverse energy density fluctuations in heavy-ion collisions in a Gaussian model [Phys. Rev. D 85 , 114030 (2012)].” Physical Review D, vol. 96, no. 5, American Physical Society (APS). Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevd.96.059903. Full Text

Yao, Xiaojun, and Berndt Müller. “Quarkonium inside the quark-gluon plasma: Diffusion, dissociation, recombination, and energy loss.” Physical Review D, vol. 100, no. 1, American Physical Society (APS). Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevd.100.014008. Full Text

Foster, Jacob G., and Berndt Müller. Physics With Two Time Dimensions.