Berndt Mueller, J. B. Duke Professor and Director of the Center for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences  

Berndt Mueller

Office Location: 250 Physics
Office Phone: (919) 660-2570
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Theoretical nuclear physics

Dr. phil. nat., J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany, 1973
Dipl. phys., J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany, 1972

Research Categories: Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics

Research Description: 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.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Müller, B., A New Phase of Matter: Quark-Gluon Plasma Beyond the Hagedorn Critical Temperature, in Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks, edited by Rolf Hagedorn and Johann Rafelski (Submitted, 2015), Springer [1501.06077]  [abs].
  2. Müller, B., PHENIX and the quest for the quark-gluon plasma, Prog. Theor. Exp. Phys., vol. 2015 (2015), pp. 03A103 [ptu137], [doi]  [abs].
  3. Monnai, A. and Müller, B., Collinear parton splitting in early thermalization and chemical equilibration (Submitted, 2014) [pdf]  [abs].
  4. Qin, G.Y. and Müller, B., Elliptic and triangular flow anisotropy in deuteron-gold collisions at RHIC and proton-lead collisions at the LHC , Phys. Rev. C, vol. 89 (2014), pp. 044902 [PhysRevC.89.044902]  [abs].
  5. Müller, B., Wu, S.Y. and Yang, D.L., Elliptic flow from thermal photons with magnetic field in holography, Phys. Rev. D, vol. 89 (2014), pp. 025019 [PhysRevD.89.026013]  [abs].

Curriculum Vitae

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Christopher E. Coleman-Smith  
  • Dilun Yang  
  • Hung-Ming Tsai  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Guangyou Qin (October 1, 2009 - present)  
  • Hannah Petersen (January 1, 2010 - present)  
  • Young-ho Song (September 01, 2008 - March 31, 2010)  
  • Abhijit Majumder (November 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008)  
  • Jörg Ruppert (2004/10-2006/08)  
  • Thorsten Renk (2004/01-2005/08)  
  • Rainer J. Fries (2002/01-2003/08)  
  • Steffen A. Bass (1999/01-2000/08)  
  • Dirk H. Rischke (1996/09-1997/08)  
  • Carsten Greiner (1994/01-1996/12)  
  • Sen-Ben Liao (1992/09-1995/08)  
  • Xin-Nian Wang (1991/09-1992/08)  
  • Klaus Kinder-Geiger (1990/01-1991/08)  
  • Alec J. Schramm (1990/01-1992/08)