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)

Beck, O, Amann, A, Schöll, E, Socolar, JES, and Just, W. "Comparison of time-delayed feedback schemes for spatiotemporal control of chaos in a reaction-diffusion system with global coupling." Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 66.1 (2002): 016213/1-016213/6. Full Text

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 57.6 (June 1998): 6589-6595. Full Text

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 79.24 (December 1997): 4938-4938. Full Text