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### Berndt Mueller, James B. Duke Professor of 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.

Office Location: | 250 Physics Bldg, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0305 |

Office Phone: | (919) 660-2570 |

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Web Page: | http://www.phy.duke.edu/~muller/ |

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

**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)- Koch, P; Müller, B; Rafelski, J,
*From strangeness enhancement to quark–gluon plasma discovery*, International Journal of Modern Physics A (November, 2017), pp. 1730024-1730024 [doi] - Yao, X; Mehen, T; Müller, B,
*Dynamical screening of resonant scattering and thermal nuclear scattering rate in a plasma*, Physical Review D, vol. 95 no. 11 (June, 2017) [doi] - Yang, D-L; Müller, B,
*Shear viscosities of photons in strongly coupled plasmas*, Physics Letters B, vol. 760 (September, 2016), pp. 565-570 [doi] - Accardi, A; Albacete, JL; Anselmino, M; Armesto, N; Aschenauer, EC; Bacchetta, A; Boer, D; Brooks, WK; Burton, T; Chang, N-B; Deng, W-T; Deshpande, A; Diehl, M; Dumitru, A; Dupré, R; Ent, R; Fazio, S; Gao, H; Guzey, V; Hakobyan, H; Hao, Y; Hasch, D; Holt, R; Horn, T; Huang, M; Hutton, A; Hyde, C; Jalilian-Marian, J; Klein, S; Kopeliovich, B; Kovchegov, Y; Kumar, K; Kumerički, K; Lamont, MAC; Lappi, T; Lee, J-H; Lee, Y; Levin, EM; Lin, F-L; Litvinenko, V; Ludlam, TW; Marquet, C; Meziani, Z-E et al.,
*Electron-Ion Collider: The next QCD frontier*, The European Physical Journal A - Hadrons and Nuclei, vol. 52 no. 9 (September, 2016) [doi] - Yao, X; Mehen, T; Müller, B,
*An effective field theory approach to the stabilization of 8 Be in a QED plasma*, Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, vol. 43 no. 7 (July, 2016), pp. 07LT02-07LT02 [doi]

- Koch, P; Müller, B; Rafelski, J,

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