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

  • B.A., Haverford College 1980

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Junior Fellow awarded by Harvard Society of Fellows (1987 to 1990)

Socolar, JES. "Weak matching rules for quasicrystals." Communications in Mathematical Physics 129.3 (1990): 599-619. Full Text

Socolar, JE. "Simple octagonal and dodecagonal quasicrystals." Phys Rev B Condens Matter 39.15 (May 15, 1989): 10519-10551.

Onoda, G, Steinhardt, PJ, DiVincenzo, D, and Socolar, JE. "Onoda etal. reply." Phys Rev Lett 62.10 (March 6, 1989): 1210-. Full Text

Onoda, GY, Steinhardt, PJ, DiVincenzo, DP, and Socolar, JE. "Growing perfect quasicrystals." Phys Rev Lett 60.25 (June 20, 1988): 2653-2656. Full Text

Socolar, JE, and Wright, DC. "Explanation of peak shapes observed in diffraction from icosahedral quasicrystals." Phys Rev Lett 59.2 (July 13, 1987): 221-224. Full Text

Lubensky, TC, Socolar, JE, Steinhardt, PJ, Bancel, PA, and Heiney, AP. "Distortion and peak broadening in quasicrystal diffraction patterns." Phys Rev Lett 57.12 (September 22, 1986): 1440-1443. Full Text

Socolar, JE, Lubensky, TC, and Steinhardt, PJ. "Phonons, phasons, and dislocations in quasicrystals." Phys Rev B Condens Matter 34.5 (September 1, 1986): 3345-3360.

Socolar, JE, and Steinhardt, PJ. "Quasicrystals. II. Unit-cell configurations." Phys Rev B Condens Matter 34.2 (July 15, 1986): 617-647.

Socolar, JES. "Phason Strain in Quasicrystals." Journal de Physique C3 (1986): 217-227. (Academic Article)

Socolar, JE, Steinhardt, PJ, and Levine, D. "Quasicrystals with arbitrary orientational symmetry." Phys Rev B Condens Matter 32.8 (October 15, 1985): 5547-5550.