Joshua Socolar

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, Schaeffer, DG, and Claudin, P. "Directed force chain networks and stress response in static granular materials." European Physical Journal E 7.4 (2002): 353-370.

Harrington, I, and Socolar, JE. "Limitation on stabilizing plane waves via time-delay feedback." Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 64.5 Pt 2 (November 2001): 056206-. Full Text

Socolar, JES, Richards, S, and Wilson, WG. "Evolution in a spatially structured population subject to rare epidemics." Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 63.4 I (2001): 419081-419088.

Bleich, ME, and Socolar, JES. "Delayed feedback control of a paced excitable oscillator." International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos in Applied Sciences and Engineering 10.3 (2000): 603-609.

Richards, SA, Wilson, WG, and Socolar, JE. "Selection for intermediate mortality and reproduction rates in a spatially structured population." Proc Biol Sci 266.1436 (December 7, 1999): 2383-2388. Full Text

Sexton, MG, Socolar, JE, and Schaeffer, DG. "Force distribution in a scalar model for noncohesive granular material." Phys Rev E Stat Phys Plasmas Fluids Relat Interdiscip Topics 60.2 Pt B (August 1999): 1999-2008.

Socolar, JES, and Gauthier, DJ. "Analysis and comparison of multiple-delay schemes for controlling unstable fixed points of discrete maps." Physical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics 57.6 (1998): 6589-6595.

Egolf, DA, and Socolar, JES. "Failure of linear control in noisy coupled map lattices." Physical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics 57.5 SUPPL. A (1998): 5271-5275.

Gauthier, DJ, and Socolar, JES. "Comment on Dynamic Control of Cardiac Alternans." Physical Review Letters 79 (1997): 4938-. (Academic Article)