David Pfefferle

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

PhD EPFL

Research

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.

Languages

EN
FR
DE
IT

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

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Space
  • Defence
  • Education

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