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

    6009 Perth


  • 330 Citations
  • 8 h-Index

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Application of differential geometry to classical mechanics (mathematical physics): Lagrangian/Hamiltonian dynamics, Euler-Poincaré reduction on Lie groups, symmetry and Noether theorems, Froebenius integrability, De Rham cohomology and Hodge decomposition.

Numerical methods: symplectic and structure-preserving integrators, finite-difference/finite-element/spectral methods, Particle-In-Cell (PIC), Monte-Carlo methods, parallelisation schemes and high-performance computing.

Electromagnetism and fusion plasmas: Magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) equilibria, eddy currents in conducting structures, gauge freedom, magnetic helicity, field-line topology, guiding-centre/gyro-centre theory, collisional fluid closure, Vlasov-Boltzmann equation.



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

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Research Output

Energy and momentum conservation in the Euler-Poincaré formulation of local Vlasov-Maxwell-type systems

Hirvijoki, E., Burby, J. W., Pfefferlé, D. & Brizard, A. J., 19 May 2020, In : Journal of Physics A : Mathematical and Theoretical. 53, 23, 20 p., 235204.

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    Identification of an Optimized Heating and Fast Ion Generation Scheme for the Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator

    W7-X Team & JET contributors, 15 Apr 2020, In : Physical Review Letters. 124, 15, 6 p., 155001.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Validation of the BEAMS3D neutral beam deposition model on Wendelstein 7-X

    Lazerson, S. A., Ford, O. P., Nuehrenberg, C., Äkäslompolo, S. J., Poloskei, P. Z., Machielsen, M., McNeely, P., Vano, L., Rust, N., Bozhenkov, S. A., Neelis, T., Graves, J. P., Pfefferlé, D., Spanier, A., Hartmann, D., Marushchenko, N. B., Turkin, Y., Hirsch, M., Chaudhary, N., Höfel, U. & 29 others, Stange, T., Weir, G. M., Pablant, N. A., Langenberg, A., Traverso, P., Valson, P., Knauer, J. P., Brunner, K. J., Pasch, E., Beurskens, M. N. A., Damm, H., Fuchert, G., Nelde, P., Scott, E. R., Hergenhahn, U., Pavone, A., Rahbarnia, K., Andreeva, T., Schilling, J., Brandt, C., Neuner, U., Thomsen, H., Jakubowski, M., Ali, A., Gao, Y., Niemann, H., Puig Sitjes, A., Koenig, R. & Wolf, R. C., 29 Apr 2020, In : Nuclear Fusion.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Best poster prize

    Pfefferle, David (Recipient), 2 May 2013



    • 17 Contribution or participation in a conference
    • 5 Publication peer review
    • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar or course
    • 2 Public lecture, debate or seminar

    Nuclear Fusion (Journal)

    David Pfefferle (Reviewer)

    22 Feb 2019

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

    ANZIAM Talk "Magnetic confinement fusion: a perfect sand box for applied mathematicians"

    David Pfefferle (Speaker)

    14 May 2019

    Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar


    Computer Physics Communications (Journal)

    David Pfefferle (Reviewer)

    26 Sep 2019

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

    Mini-course/workshop on the application of computational mathematics to plasma physics

    David Pfefferle (Keynote speaker/Invited speaker)

    24 Jun 201927 Jun 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar or course

    Simons Collaboration on Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy

    David Pfefferle (Participant)

    28 Mar 201930 Mar 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference