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)

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

Socolar, J. E., and D. C. Wright. “Explanation of peak shapes observed in diffraction from icosahedral quasicrystals.Physical Review Letters, vol. 59, no. 2, July 1987, pp. 221–24. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.59.221. Full Text

Lubensky, T. C., et al. “Distortion and peak broadening in quasicrystal diffraction patterns.Physical Review Letters, vol. 57, no. 12, Sept. 1986, pp. 1440–43. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.57.1440. Full Text

Socolar, J. E., et al. “Phonons, phasons, and dislocations in quasicrystals.Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter, vol. 34, no. 5, Sept. 1986, pp. 3345–60. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevb.34.3345. Full Text

Socolar, J. E., and P. J. Steinhardt. “Quasicrystals. II. Unit-cell configurations.Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter, vol. 34, no. 2, July 1986, pp. 617–47. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevb.34.617. Full Text

SOCOLAR, J. E. S. “PHASON STRAIN IN QUASICRYSTALS.” Le Journal De Physique Colloques, vol. 47, no. C3, EDP Sciences, July 1986. Crossref, doi:10.1051/jphyscol:1986323. Full Text

Socolar, J. E., et al. “Quasicrystals with arbitrary orientational symmetry.Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter, vol. 32, no. 8, Oct. 1985, pp. 5547–50. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevb.32.5547. Full Text

Mele, E. J., and J. Socolar. “Numerical integration of the time evolution operator: Excited‐state dynamics in conjugated molecules.” International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, vol. 26, no. 18 S, Jan. 1984, pp. 347–58. Scopus, doi:10.1002/qua.560260832. Full Text

Gollub, J. P., et al. “Trajectory divergence for coupled relaxation oscillators: Measurements and models.” Journal of Statistical Physics, vol. 23, no. 3, Sept. 1980, pp. 321–33. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01011372. Full Text