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

Selected Grants

Conference: Dynamics Day 1998 awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

Ordering Mechanisms in Dynamical Systems awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1997


Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

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

Oǧuz, E. C., et al. “Hyperuniformity of quasicrystals.” Physical Review B, vol. 95, no. 5, Feb. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.95.054119. Full Text

Rutkowski, David M., et al. “Formation of limit-periodic structures by quadrupole particles confined to a triangular lattice.Physical Review. E, vol. 95, no. 1–1, Jan. 2017, p. 012604. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.95.012604. Full Text

Hann, C. T., et al. “Local growth of icosahedral quasicrystalline tilings.” Physical Review B, vol. 94, no. 1, July 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.94.014113. Full Text

Marcoux, C., and J. E. S. Socolar. “Sparse phonon modes of a limit-periodic structure.” Physical Review B  Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, vol. 93, no. 17, American Physical Society, May 2016. Manual, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.93.174102. Full Text

Fu, Lin, et al. “Hard sphere packings within cylinders.Soft Matter, vol. 12, no. 9, Mar. 2016, pp. 2505–14. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c5sm02875b. Full Text Open Access Copy

Yang, Ye, et al. “Phase transformations in binary colloidal monolayers.Soft Matter, vol. 11, no. 12, Mar. 2015, pp. 2404–15. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c5sm00009b. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sun, Mengyang, et al. “Regulatory logic and pattern formation in the early sea urchin embryo.Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 363, Dec. 2014, pp. 80–92. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.07.023. Full Text

Marcoux, Catherine, et al. “Emergence of limit-periodic order in tiling models.Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol. 90, no. 1, July 2014, p. 012136. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.90.012136. Full Text Open Access Copy

Cheng, Xianrui, et al. “Delayed transition to new cell fates during cellular reprogramming.Developmental Biology, vol. 391, no. 2, July 2014, pp. 147–57. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2014.04.015. Full Text