Justin M. Conroy

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Justin M. Conroy

Associate Professor

Chair, Department of Physics

Director, Cooperative Engineering Program

State University of New York at Fredonia




  • College of William and Mary, Ph.D. 2005
  • College of William and Mary, MS, 2002
  • Mary Washington College, BS, 2000

Research Interests:

  • My primary area of research is elementary particle theory. The main goals of particle physics is to understand the fundamental building blocks of matter and energy as well as the fundamental laws that dictate their behavior. Over the past 40 years physicists have been able to piece together what we know into what is called the Standard Model. The standard model has proven to be an incredibly accurate description of our Universe. However, it doesn't tell us everything, and there essentially has to be something beyond the standard model, something more "fundamental". My research focuses on physics beyond the standard model. In particular, I am interested in the consequences that modifying spacetime itself would have on the standard model. For example, in recent years physicists have discovered new motivations for investigating the possibility that our Universe contains extra unseen dimensions.
  • I also study statistical thermodynamics.  A statistical definition of entropy was first provided by Ludwig Boltzmann in 1877.  His original definition holds true for most systems, but for many systems Boltzmann's definition is not sufficient and one is led to consider more generalized definitions of entropy.  Much of my recent research has focused on these generalized entropies and their application to physical systems.
  • Here is a more thorough list of my research interests
    • Extra Dimensions
    • Supersymmetry
    • Grand Unified Theories
    • GUT scale symmetry breaking
    • Noncommutative spacetime
    • Collider Phenomenology
    • Statisical Thermodynamics

Teaching Interests and Specialties:

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • History of Physics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Physics for general audiences
  • Science of cooking
  • Science of sports
  • General Relativity and Cosmology


(available electronically from Physics Preprint Archive, http://arxiv.org)

  • "Determining the Tsallis parameter via maximum entropy", Physical Review E 91 (5), 052112 (2015)
  • "Thermodynamic consistency of the q-deformed Fermi–Dirac distribution in nonextensive thermostatics", arXiv:1006.3963, Physics Letters A 374 (45), 4581 (2010)
  • "Color superconductivity and Tsallis Statistics",  arXiv:0801.0360, Physical Review D, 78, 5, 054010 (2008)
  • "Five-dimensional trinification improved", hep-ph/0507292 Physics Letters B, 626, 195 (2005).
  • " Higgsless GUT breaking and trinification", hep-ph/0407116, Physical Review D, 70, 075013 (2004).
  • " Universal extra dimensions and Kaluza-Klein bound states", hep-ph/0312055 Physical Review D, 69, 074018 (2004).
  • " Phenomenology of Lorentz conserving noncommutative QED", hep-ph/0305225 Physical Review D, 68, 054004 (2003)
  • " Bulk majorons at colliders" hep-ph/0204045 Physics Letters B, 538, 115 (2002)

Other Interests:

  • Under construction

Contact me at:

Phone:(716)-673-4626, fax (716)-673-3347, or e-mail at conroy@fredonia.edu

Physics Department Office

121 Houghton Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3301