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​Daniel Ratner
Staff Scientist,
Slac National Accelerator Laboratory

​Name: Daniel Ratner
Title: Staff Scientist
Phone: (650) 926-2038
Email: dratner at
ratner_CV_2018.pdfCurriculum Vitae

Daniel Ratner


I am currently the head of SLAC's new machine learning initiative, growing applications of machine learning to science across the lab.  Previously I ran the accelerator machine learning deparment, and past projects include soft x-ray self seeding, hadron cooling, noise suppression, the microbunching instability, correlated x-ray scattering, and EUV lithography sources.


Spring 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Physics, Harvard University

Spring 2007

Masters of Arts, Applied Physics, Stanford University

Spring 2011

Doctorate of Philosophy, Applied Physics, Stanford University

Professional Experience


Staff Scientist, Machine Learning Initiative

SLAC National Accelerator Lab


Staff Scientist, Accelerator Research Directorate

SLAC National Accelerator Lab


Staff Scientist, Linac Coherent Light Source

SLAC National Accelerator Lab


Associate Staff Scientist, Linac Coherent Light Source

SLAC National Accelerator Lab

Feb 2004- Jun 2005

Conservation Science Research Assistant

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Nov 2002-Jan 2004

Business Analyst, New York



Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics, American Phys. Soc.

Awarded in recognition of doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in beam physics and engineering. 


FEL Young Scientist Award

Awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to Free Electron Laser science and technology by a person less than 35 years in age.


Summer 2013

Free Electron Laser Theory

Guest lectures in IFGW Winter School, Campinas Brazil

Summer 2010

Free Electron Lasers

Co-instructor with Prof. K.J. Kim, Z. Huang, R. Lindberg at USPAS, Department of Energy

Winter 2009

Graduate Level Electronics Lab

Teaching assistant for Prof. J. Fox at Stanford University

Summer 2009

Classical Mech. and E&M for Accelerators

Co-instructor with G. Stupakov at USPAS, Department of Energy


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