Berndt Mueller

James B. Duke Professor

250 Physics Bldg, Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Campus Box: 
(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.

Dr. phil. nat. - J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany
Ph.D. - Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)
Dipl. phys. - J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany
M.S. - Johann Wolfgang Goeth Universitat Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)
2008 Outstanding Referee, American Physical Society
2007 Jesse Beams Award, American Physical Society
2006 Honoring Our Professors' Excellence (HOPE), Duke Residence Life and Housing Services
1998 U.S. Senior Scientist Award, A.v. Humboldt Foundation
1994 Fellow, American Physical Society
1994 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1975 Roentgen Preis, Liebig Universitaet, Giessen, Germany