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, Joshua E. S., et al. “Mechanical graphene.” New Journal of Physics, vol. 19, no. 2, IOP Publishing, pp. 025003–025003. Crossref, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/aa57bb. Full Text

Bleich, M. E., and J. E. S. Socolar. “Controlling spatiotemporal dynamics with time-delay feedback.” Physical Review E, vol. 54, no. 1, American Physical Society (APS), pp. R17–20. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physreve.54.r17. Full Text