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

    6009 Perth


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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


  • Energy
  • Space
  • Defence
  • Education

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stellarators Physics & Astronomy
ions Physics & Astronomy
magnetohydrodynamics Physics & Astronomy
cyclotrons Physics & Astronomy
heating Physics & Astronomy
neutral beams Physics & Astronomy
magnetic fields Physics & Astronomy
fluids Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 2012 2019

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


Heavy impurity transport in tokamaks with plasma flows and saturated 3D perturbations

Neto, E., Graves, J. P., Raghunathan, M., Lanthaler, S., Pfefferlé, D., Cooper, W. A. & Sommariva, C., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Monte-Carlo/PIC methods to solve Vlasov-Boltzmann equation

Pfefferlé, D., 24 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

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


Best poster prize

David Pfefferle (Recipient), 2 May 2013


Activities 2012 2019

  • 20 Contribution to a conference
  • 5 Publication peer review
  • 2 Public lecture, debate or seminar

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

Nuclear Fusion (Journal)

David Pfefferle (Reviewer)
22 Feb 2019

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (Journal)

David Pfefferle (Reviewer)
22 Jul 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 workshopsContribution to a conference