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Berndt Mueller, James B. Duke Professor of Physics

 

Berndt Mueller

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.

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

Education:

Dr. phil. nat.J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany1973
Ph.D.Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)1973
Dipl. phys.J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany1972
M.S.Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)1972

Specialties:

Theoretical nuclear physics

Research Interests: Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics

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.

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)  

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Yang, D-L; Müller, B, Shear viscosities of photons in strongly coupled plasmas, Physics Letters B, vol. 760 (September, 2016), pp. 565-570 [doi]
  2. Müller, B; Yang, D-L, Viscous leptons in the quark gluon plasma, Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology, vol. 91 no. 12 (June, 2015), ISSN 1550-7998 [doi]
  3. Muller, B, PHENIX and the quest for the quark-gluon plasma, Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, vol. 2015 no. 3 (January, 2015), pp. 3A103 [ptu137], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Coleman-Smith, C; Müller, B, How to catch a ‘fat’ proton, Annals of Physics, vol. 352 (January, 2015), pp. 59-69, ISSN 0003-4916 [doi]
  5. 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]

Conferences Organized
  • Phases of QCD Town Meeting, Co-chair, December 2007  
  • Workshop on Non-perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics, Co-director, June, 2007