
Joshua Socolar, Professor of Physics and CNCS: Center for nonlinear and complex systems
Prof. Socolar is interested in collective behavior in condensed matter and dynamical systems. His current research interests include:
 Limitperiodic structures, quasicrystals, packing problems, and tiling theory;
 Selfassembly and phases of designed colloidal particles;
 Organization and dynamics of complex networks;
 Topological elasticity of mechanical lattices.
 Contact Info:
Teaching (Spring 2021):
 PHYSICS 363.01, THERMAL PHYSICS
Synopsis
 Online ON, MW 10:15 AM11:30 AM
 PHYSICS 713.01, THERMAL PHYSICS
Synopsis
 Online ON, MW 10:15 AM11:30 AM
 Education:
Ph.D.  University of Pennsylvania  1987 
B.A.  Haverford College  1980 
 Specialties:

Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems
Theoretical condensed matter physics Biological physics
 Research Interests: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Prof. Socolar is interested in the principles that determine
collective behavior in condensed matter and dynamical systems.
His current research interests include:
 Organization and function of complex dynamical networks, especially genetic regulatory networks;.
 The spatial distribution of stresses granular materials (e.g.
bins of sand, coal, pills, or grain) and jamming phenomena;
 Controlling chaos, or understanding feedback mechanisms that can stabilize otherwise unstable ordered behavior in chaotic dynamical systems;
 Quasicrystals, packing problems, and tiling theory.
 Areas of Interest:
Theoretical condensed matter physics Nonlinear dynamics and control theory Statistical mechanics in nonequilibrium systems Complex Boolean networks Genetic regulatory networks Aperiodic Tilings
 Keywords:
Algorithms • Animals • Arrhythmias, Cardiac • Biological Clocks • Biological Evolution • Biophysics • Bone and Bones • Boolean networks • Cell Cycle • Cell Differentiation • Cell Physiological Phenomena • Cell Proliferation • Computational Biology • Computer Graphics • Computer Simulation • Condensed matter • Control theory • CyclinDependent Kinases • Cyclins • Data Interpretation, Statistical • Diffusion • Disease Outbreaks • Electrophysiology • Embryo, Nonmammalian • Embryonic Development • Feedback • Feedback, Physiological • G1 Phase • Gastrula • Gene Expression • Gene Expression Regulation • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal • Gene Regulatory Networks • Genetic regulatory networks • Granular materials • Growth • Heart • Humans • Logistic Models • Mathematical Computing • Mathematical Concepts • Membrane Potentials • Mesoderm • Models, Biological • Models, Cardiovascular • Models, Chemical • Models, Genetic • Models, Statistical • Models, Theoretical • Mutation • Myocardium • Neural Networks (Computer) • Nonlinear dynamics • Nonlinear Dynamics • Nuclear Reprogramming • Periodicity • Physical Phenomena • Physics • Plant Development • Politics • Population Dynamics • Probability • Proteome • Public Opinion • S Phase • Saccharomyces cerevisiae • Sensitivity and Specificity • Signal Processing, ComputerAssisted • Signal Transduction • Social Support • Statistics as Topic • Systems Theory • Tiling theory • Time Factors • Transcription Factors • Transcription, Genetic • Variations • Ventricular Fibrillation • Yeasts
 Current Ph.D. Students
(Former Students)
 Postdocs Mentored
 Xianrui Cheng (September 01, 2012  March 01, 2013)
 Volkan Sevim (March, 2008  August, 2010)
 Bjorn Samuelsson (November, 2005  August 31, 2007)
 Recent Publications
(More Publications)
 Jalali, P; Zhao, Y; Socolar, JES, Static and dynamic features of granular material failure due to upward pulling of a buried sphere by a slowly increasing force.,
Soft Matter, vol. 17 no. 10
(March, 2021),
pp. 28322839 [doi] [abs]
[submitted]
 Zhao, Y; BarĂ©s, J; Socolar, JES, Yielding, rigidity, and tensile stress in sheared columns of hexapod granules.,
Physical Review. E, vol. 101 no. 61
(June, 2020),
pp. 062903 (Recognized by an Editor's Suggestion.) [doi] [abs]
[reputed journal]
 Tian, Z; Shen, C; Li, J; Reit, E; Bachman, H; Socolar, JES; Cummer, SA; Jun Huang, T, Dispersion tuning and route reconfiguration of acoustic waves in valley topological phononic crystals.,
Nature Communications, vol. 11 no. 1
(February, 2020),
pp. 762 (J.E.S.S consulted on the interpretation of experimental results, suggested additional studies needed for clarifying key features, and made substantial contributions to the preparation of the manuscript. The primary faculty supervisors of the project were MEMS professors S. A. Cummer and T. J. Huang.) [doi] [abs] [author's comments]
[high impact paper]
 Carlevaro, CM; Kozlowski, R; Pugnaloni, LA; Zheng, H; Socolar, JES; Kondic, L, Intruder in a twodimensional granular system: Effects of dynamic and static basal friction on stickslip and clogging dynamics.,
Physical Review. E, vol. 101 no. 11
(January, 2020),
pp. 012909 [doi] [abs]
[reputed journal]
 R. Kozlowski, H. Zheng, K. E. Daniels, J. E. S. Socolar, Particle dynamics in pointloaded granular media composed of circular or polygonal grains,
Powders and Grains 2021 Proceedings
(Submitted, 2020) [abs]
[submitted]
 Selected Invited Lectures
 Autonomous Boolean modeling of gene regulatory networks, May 07, 2012, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State U.
 Hierarchical freezing in a limitperiodic structure, October 15, 2011, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science
 Periodicity and chaos in delayed Boolean networks, July 19, 2011, ICIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada
 Relaxation to a limitperiodic ground state, May 23, 2011, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
 Autonomous Boolean Models, June 28, 2009, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
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