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, D. J., et al. “Stabilizing unstable periodic orbits in a fast diode resonator using continuous time-delay autosynchronization.Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics, vol. 50, no. 3, Sept. 1994, pp. 2343–46. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.50.2343. Full Text

Grinstein, G., et al. “Scale invariance of nonconserved quantities in driven systems.Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics, vol. 48, no. 2, Aug. 1993, pp. R643–46. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.48.r643. Full Text

SOCOLAR, J. E. S., et al. “ON SELF-ORGANIZED CRITICALITY IN NONCONSERVING SYSTEMS.” Physical Review E, vol. 47, no. 4, AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOC, Apr. 1993, pp. 2366–76. Wos, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.47.2366. Full Text

Krug, J., et al. “Surface fluctuations and criticality in a class of one-dimensional sandpile models.Physical Review. A, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, vol. 46, no. 8, Oct. 1992, pp. R4479–82. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreva.46.r4479. Full Text

Socolar, Joshua E. S. “Theory of Packings of Identical Hard Disks Generated by Ballistic Deposition.” Europhysics Letters (Epl), vol. 18, no. 1, IOP Publishing, Feb. 1992, pp. 39–44. Crossref, doi:10.1209/0295-5075/18/1/008. Full Text

Krug, J., and J. E. Socolar. “Comment on "Scalings of growing self-organized surfaces".” Physical Review Letters, vol. 68, no. 5, Feb. 1992, p. 722. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.68.722. Full Text

Socolar, J. E. S. “Weak matching rules for quasicrystals.” Communications in Mathematical Physics, vol. 129, no. 3, May 1990, pp. 599–619. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02097107. Full Text

Socolar, J. E. “Simple octagonal and dodecagonal quasicrystals.Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter, vol. 39, no. 15, May 1989, pp. 10519–51. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevb.39.10519. Full Text

Onoda, G., et al. “Onoda etal. reply.Physical Review Letters, vol. 62, no. 10, Mar. 1989, p. 1210. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.62.1210. Full Text

Onoda, G. Y., et al. “Growing perfect quasicrystals.Physical Review Letters, vol. 60, no. 25, June 1988, pp. 2653–56. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.60.2653. Full Text