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

Berndt Mueller

Office Location: 250 Physics Bldg, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Office Phone: (919) 660-2570
Email Address: muller@phy.duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.phy.duke.edu/~muller/

Specialties:
Theoretical nuclear physics

Education:
Ph.D., Goethe Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany), 1973
Dr. phil. nat., J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany, 1973
Dipl. phys., J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany, 1972
M.S., Goethe Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (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.

Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Physics 142l9d.02d, General physics ii (disc) Synopsis
    Physics 147, M 03:30 PM-05:30 PM
  • Physics 142l9d.05d, General physics ii (disc) Synopsis
    Physics 154, M 03:30 PM-05:30 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Matsuda, H; Kunihiro, T; Mueller, B; Ohnishi, A; Takahashi, T, Shear viscosity of classical Yang-Mills field, Physical Review D Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 102 no. 11 (December, 2020), pp. 114503, American Physical Society [doi]  [abs].
  2. Yao, X; Ke, W; Xu, Y; Bass, S; Mehen, T; Müller, B, Fate of heavy quark bound states inside quark-gluon plasma, Hadron Spectroscopy and Structure (August, 2020), World Scientific [pdf], [doi]  [abs].
  3. Yao, X; Ke, W; Xu, Y; Bass, SA; Müller, B, Coupled Boltzmann Transport Equations of Heavy Quarks and Quarkonia in Quark-Gluon Plasma, vol. 202 (April, 2020)  [abs].
  4. Müller, B; Rabenstein, A; Schäfer, A; Waeber, S; Yaffe, LG, Phenomenological implications of asymmetric AdS5 shock wave collision studies for heavy ion physics, Physical Review D, vol. 101 no. 7 (April, 2020) [doi]  [abs].
  5. Asakawa, M; Kitazawa, M; Müller, B, Issues with the search for critical point in QCD with relativistic heavy ion collisions, Physical Review C, vol. 101 no. 3 (March, 2020) [doi]  [abs].

Curriculum Vitae

Highlight:
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.

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)