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)

Gauthier, DJ, and Socolar, JES. "Comment on “Dynamic Control of Cardiac Alternans”." Physical Review Letters 79.24 (December 15, 1997): 4938-null. Full Text

Bleich, ME, Hochheiser, D, Moloney, JV, and Socolar, JES. "Controlling extended systems with spatially filtered, time-delayed feedback." Physical Review E Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics 55.3 (January 1, 1997): 2119-2126. Full Text

Bleich, ME, and Socolar, JES. "Stability of periodic orbits controlled by time-delay feedback." Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics 210.1-2 (January 1, 1996): 87-94. Full Text

Socolar, JE, Sukow, DW, and Gauthier, DJ. "Stabilizing unstable periodic orbits in fast dynamical systems." Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics 50.4 (October 1994): 3245-3248. Full Text

Gauthier, DJ, Sukow, DW, Concannon, HM, and Socolar, JE. "Stabilizing unstable periodic orbits in a fast diode resonator using continuous time-delay autosynchronization." Phys Rev E Stat Phys Plasmas Fluids Relat Interdiscip Topics 50.3 (September 1994): 2343-2346.

Grinstein, G, Jayaprakash, C, and Socolar, JE. "Scale invariance of nonconserved quantities in driven systems." Phys Rev E Stat Phys Plasmas Fluids Relat Interdiscip Topics 48.2 (August 1993): R643-R646.

SOCOLAR, JES, GRINSTEIN, G, and JAYAPRAKASH, C. "ON SELF-ORGANIZED CRITICALITY IN NONCONSERVING SYSTEMS." Physical Review E 47.4 (April 1, 1993): 2366-2376. (Academic Article) Full Text

Krug, J, Socolar, JE, and Grinstein, G. "Surface fluctuations and criticality in a class of one-dimensional sandpile models." Phys Rev A 46.8 (October 15, 1992): R4479-R4482.

Socolar, JES. "Theory of Packings of Identical Hard Disks Generated by Ballistic Deposition." Europhysics Letters (Epl) 18.1 (February 14, 1992): 39-44. Full Text