Joshua Socolar

Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
096 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, 107 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2557


Prof. Socolar is interested in collective behavior in condensed matter and dynamical systems. His current research interests include:

  • Limit-periodic structures, quasicrystals, packing problems, and tiling theory;
  • Self-assembly and phases of designed colloidal particles;
  • Organization and dynamics of complex networks;
  • Topological elasticity of mechanical lattices.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1987

(96-0803) Ordering Mechanisms in Dynamical Systems awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1997


Marcoux, C, Byington, TW, Qian, Z, Charbonneau, P, and Socolar, JES. "Emergence of limit-periodic order in tiling models." Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics 90.1 (July 29, 2014): 012136-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Cheng, X, Lyons, DC, Socolar, JES, and McClay, DR. "Delayed transition to new cell fates during cellular reprogramming." Developmental biology 391.2 (July 2014): 147-157. Full Text

Cheng, X, Sun, M, and Socolar, JES. "Autonomous Boolean modelling of developmental gene regulatory networks." J R Soc Interface 10.78 (January 6, 2013): 20120574-. Full Text

Byington, T, and Socolar, JES. "Hierarchical freezing of limit-periodic structure (In preparation)." Physical Review E (November 12, 2012). (Academic Article)

Gong, X, and Socolar, JES. "Quantifying the complexity of random Boolean networks." Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 85.6 Pt 2 (June 2012): 066107-. Full Text

Khalil, KS, Sagastegui, A, Li, Y, Tahir, MA, Socolar, JES, Wiley, BJ, and Yellen, BB. "Binary colloidal structures assembled through Ising interactions. (Published online)" Nat Commun 3 (April 24, 2012): 794-. Full Text

Durrett, R, Gleeson, JP, Lloyd, AL, Mucha, PJ, Shi, F, Sivakoff, D, Socolar, JES, and Varghese, C. "Graph fission in an evolving voter model." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109.10 (March 6, 2012): 3682-3687. Full Text

Byington, TW, and Socolar, JES. "Hierarchical freezing in a lattice model." Phys Rev Lett 108.4 (January 27, 2012): 045701-. Full Text

Cheng, X, Sun, M, and Socolar, JES. "Autonomous Boolean modelling of developmental gene regulatory networks." J. Royal Soc. Interface (2012). (Academic Article) Full Text