• The University of Western Australia (M019), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 276 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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Personal profile




Lagrangian/Hamiltonian dynamics, collisional plasma fluid closures and models



External positions

Associate Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

15 Aug 201515 Oct 2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

1 May 20151 Aug 2015

Graduate Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

15 Feb 20111 May 2015


  • Energy
  • Space

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stellarators Physics & Astronomy
ions Physics & Astronomy
magnetohydrodynamics Physics & Astronomy
cyclotrons Physics & Astronomy
heating Physics & Astronomy
neutral beams Physics & Astronomy
fluids Physics & Astronomy
snakes Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 276 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 29 Article
  • 6 Conference paper
  • 1 Other contribution
  • 1 Non-UWA Thesis

Gauge freedom in magnetostatics and the effect on helicity in toroidal volumes

Pfefferlé, D. & Noakes, L., 6 Sep 2019, (Submitted) In : arXiv preprint. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

boundary value problems

Guiding-centre theory for kinetic-magnetohydrodynamic modes in strongly flowing plasmas

Lanthaler, S., Graves, J. P., Pfefferlé, D. & Cooper, W. A., 30 May 2019, In : Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 61, 7, 21 p., 074006.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

NSTX/NSTX-U theory, modeling and analysis results

Kaye, S. M., Battaglia, D. J., Baver, D., Belova, E., Berkery, J. W., Duarte, V. N., Ferraro, N., Fredrickson, E., Gorelenkov, N., Guttenfelder, W., Hao, G. Z., Heidbrink, W., Izacard, O., Kim, D., Krebs, I., La Haye, R., Lestz, J., Liu, D., Morton, L. A., Myra, J. & 71 othersPfefferle, D., Podesta, M., Ren, Y., Riquezes, J., Sabbagh, S. A., Schneller, M., Scotti, F., Soukhanovskii, V., Zweben, S. J., Ahn, J. W., Allain, J. P., Barchfeld, R., Bedoya, F., Bell, R. E., Bertelli, N., Bhattacharjee, A., Boyer, M. D., Brennan, D., Canal, G., Canik, J., Crocker, N., Darrow, D., Delgado-Aparicio, L., Diallo, A., Domier, C., Ebrahimi, F., Evans, T., Fonck, R., Frerichs, H., Gan, K., Gerhardt, S., Gray, T., Jarboe, T., Jardin, S., Jaworski, M. A., Kaita, R., Koel, B., Kolemen, E., Kriete, D. M., Kubota, S., LeBlanc, B. P., Levinton, F., Luhmann, N., Lunsford, R., Maingi, R., Maqueda, R., Menard, J. E., Mueller, D., Myers, C. E., Ono, M., Park, J-K., Perkins, R., Poli, F., Raman, R., Reinke, M., Rhodes, T., Rowley, C., Russell, D., Schuster, E., Schmitz, O., Sechrest, Y., Skinner, C. H., Smith, D. R., Stotzfus-Dueck, T., Stratton, B., Taylor, G., Tritz, K., Wang, W., Wang, Z., Waters, I. & Wirth, B., 5 Jun 2019, In : Nuclear Fusion. 59, 16 p., 112007.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

operations research
pilot plants
low aspect ratio
field coils
maximum likelihood estimates
velocity measurement
radiant flux density
Kolmogorov-Smirnov test
3 Citations (Scopus)

Algebraic motion of vertically displacing plasmas

Pfefferlé, D. & Bhattacharjee, A., 1 Feb 2018, In : Physics of Plasmas. 25, 2, p. 022516

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

vertical motion
plasma currents