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Prof. Dr. Eric Sonnendrücker



Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Sonnendrücker’s (b. 1967) research field is the modeling and numerical simulation of problems arising from plasma physics, in particular magnetic fusion. His main interest lies in the study of kinetic models, and also fluid models, such as MHD.

Professor Sonnendrücker studied mathematics at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan in France where he also acquired his PhD. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Center in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, he was a research fellow at CNRS in Nancy, France. In 2000 he was appointed to a professorship position in applied mathematics at the University of Strasbourg, France. He led a research group focusing on the development and analysis of numerical methods for plasma physics. As of 2006 the main focus was on magnetic fusion applications. In September 2012 he became a scientific member and director of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics.

Key Publications (all publications)

Ratnani A, Crouseilles N, Sonnendrücker E: “An Isogeometric Analysis Approach for the study of the gyrokinetic quasi-neutrality equation”. J. Sci. Comput. 2012; 231(2): 373-393.


Ratnani A, Sonnendrücker E: “Arbitrary High-Order Spline Finite Element Solver for the Time Domain Maxwell equations”. J. Sci. Comput. 2012; 51: 87-106.


Crouseilles N, Mehrenberger M, Sonnendrücker E: „Conservative semi-Lagrangian schemes for the Vlasov equation“. J. Comput. Phys. 2010; 229: 1927-1953.


Frénod E, Salvarani F, Sonnendrücker E: “Long time simulation of a beam in a periodic focusing channel via a two-scale PIC-method”. Math. Models Methods Appl. Sci. 2009; 19(2): 175-197.


Frénod E, Sonnendrücker E: “The finite Larmor radius approximation”. SIAM Journal of Mathematical Analysis. 2001; 32(6) 1227-1247.