• M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Simulating sticky particles: a Monte Carlo method to sample a stratification." Submitted. [arxiv]
    [Code] used to make figures in paper. [StratSampler Code] (most recent stable version.)
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon, L. Theran, S. Gortler. "Almost-rigidity of frameworks." Submitted. [arxiv]
  • A. Trubiano, M. Holmes-Cerfon. "From canyons to valleys: Numerically continuing sticky hard sphere clusters to the landscapes of smoother potentials." Submitted. [arxiv]

Refereed publications

  • 2020
  • N. Bou-Rabee and M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Sticky Brownian Motion and Its Numerical Solution." SIAM Review. 62(1), pp. 164-195 (2020). [website] [arxiv]
  • 2019
  • L. Lee, J. P. Ryan, Y. Lahini, M. Holmes-Cerfon, and S. M. Rubinstein. "Geometric frustration induces the transition between rotation and counterrotation in swirled granular media." Physical Review E. 100(012903), (2019) doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.100.012903 . [website] [arxiv]
    See the Harvard News article.
  • E. Zappa, M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Calculating the symmetry number of flexible sphere clusters." Journal of Nonlinear Science. Vol 29, pp.2021, (2019), doi:10.1007/s00332-019-09537-4. [website] [arxiv]
  • 2018
  • J.P. Lee-Thorp, M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Modeling the relative dynamics of DNA-coated colloids." Soft Matter, Vol 14, pp. 8147-8159 (2018). doi:10.1039/c8Sm01430b. [website] [arxiv]
  • A. McMullen, M. Holmes-Cerfon, F. Sciortino, A.Y. Grosberg, J. Brujic. "Colloidomers: freely-jointed polymers made of droplets." Physical Review Letters, 121, 138002 (2018). [website] [arxiv]
    See the Editor's summary.
  • E. Zappa, M. Holmes-Cerfon, J. Goodman. Monte Carlo on manifolds: sampling densities and integrating functions. Communications in Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol 71 (12) pp. 2609-2647 (2018). doi:10.1002/cpa.21783. [website] [arxiv]
  • 2017
  • R. Drori, M. Holmes-Cerfon, B. Kahr, B. Kohn, M. Ward. "Dynamics and unsteady morphologies at ice interfaces driven by D2O-H2O exchange." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol 114 (44), pp.11627-11632 (2017). [website]
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Sticky-sphere clusters." Annual Reviews of Condensed Matter Physics, Vol 8, pp. 77-98 (2017). [website]
    A complementary copy of the paper is available here: [link to article]. This is for personal use only; any further/multiple distribution, publication, or commercial usage of this copyrighted material requires submission of a permission request addressed to the Copyright Clearance Center (
  • E. R. Chen and M. Holmes-Cerfon. Random sequential adsorption of discs on constant-curvature surfaces: plane, sphere, hyperboloid, and projective plane. Journal of Nonlinear Science, Vol 27 (6), pp.1743-1787 (2017), doi:10.1007/s00332-017-9385-2.
    [website] [link to article]
  • Y. Kallus and M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Free energy of singular sticky-sphere clusters." Physical Review E, 95 (022130), (2017). [website] [pdf]
  • 2016
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Stochastic discs that roll." Physical Review E, 94 (052112), (2016). [website] [pdf]
  • J.C. Perkinson, M.J. Aziz, M. P. Brenner, M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Designing steep, sharp patterns on uniformly ion-bombarded surfaces." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(41) pp.11425-11430, (2016). [website] [pdf] [pdf+SI]
    See the commentary by Andrea Bertozzi.
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon. Enumerating rigid sphere packings. SIAM Review, 58(2), pp. 229-244 (2016) [website] [pdf]
  • Y. Guo and M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Internal wave attractors over random, small-amplitude topography." Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 787, pp.148-174 (2016). [website] [pdf]
  • 2015
  • R.W. Perry, M. Holmes-Cerfon, M.P. Brenner, V. Manoharan. "Two-dimensional clusters of colloidal spheres: ground states, excited states, and structural rearrangements." Physical Review Letters, 114, 228301, (2015) [website] [pdf] [SI]
  • 2013
  • N. Schade, M. Holmes-Cerfon, E. Chen, D. Aronzon, J. Collins, J. Fan, F. Capasso, V. Manoharan. "Tetrahedral colloidal clusters from random aggregation of bidisperse spheres." Physical Review Letters, 110, 148303, (2013) [website] [pdf] [SI]
  • O. Buhler, N. Grisouard, M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Strong particle dispersion by weakly dissipative random internal waves." Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 719 (2013) doi: 10.1017/jfm.2013.71 [website] [pdf]
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon, S.J. Gortler, M.P. Brenner. "A geometrical approach to computing energy landscapes from short-ranged potentials." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110 (1) (2013) [website] [pdf] [SI] [author summary]
  • 2012
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon, W. Zhou, A.J. Bertozzi, M.P. Brenner, M.J. Aziz. "Development of knife-edge ridges on ion-bombarded surfaces." Applied Physics Letters, 101 143109 (2012) [website] [pdf]
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon, M.J. Aziz, M.P. Brenner, "Creating sharp features by colliding shocks on uniformly irradiated surfaces." Physical Review B, 85 165441 (2012) [website] [pdf]
  • 2011
  • O. Buhler, M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Decay of an internal tide due to random topography in the ocean." Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 678 (2011): 271-293. [website] [pdf]
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon, O. Buhler, R. Ferrari. "Particle dispersion by random waves in the rotating Boussinesq system." Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 670 (2011): 150-175. [website] [pdf]
  • M. Holmes-Cerfon, J. Whitehead. "Instability and freezing in a solidifying melt conduit." Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 240 (2011), 131-139. [website] [pdf]
  • B. Wingate, P. Embid, M. Holmes-Cerfon, M. Taylor. "Low Rossby limiting dynamics for stably stratified flow with finite Froude number." Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 676 (2011): 546-571. [website] [pdf]
  • 2006-2010
  • O. Buhler, M. Holmes-Cerfon. "Particle dispersion by random waves in rotating shallow water." " Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 638 (2009): 5-26. [website] [pdf] [Focus on Fluids]
  • C. Hauert, M. Holmes, M. Doebeli. "Evolutionary games and population dynamics: maintenance of cooperation in public goods games." Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences. 273 (1600): 2565-2570, Oct 7 2006. [website] [pdf] [corrigendum]


Non-refereed publications