PROF Ann Roberts

PROF Ann Roberts


  • Optical Physics (Optics; Photonics; Nanophotonics; Imaging; Microscopy)



  • Ann Roberts obtained B.Sc. (with First Class Honours and University Medal) and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Sydney in Australia. After a position as a postdoctoral associate in the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, she accepted an academic position in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne where she is now Professor. Professor Roberts has diverse research interests in physical optics and photonics. In particular, she has had a long-term interest in diffraction theory and modelling that originated in her PhD research where she applied rigorous vector theories to study the transmission of light through subwavelength apertures and periodic structures. This research was subsequently extended to experimental investigations of millimeter wave devices and, most recently, materials for use in the near-infrared and visible regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. In particular, she has made significant advances in  the computational and experimental study of plasmonic devices, metamaterials and nanoscale antennas.

    Prof Roberts' research interests also include the development of novel microscopic and imaging techniques and their application to the non-destructive examination of specimens such as photonic devices and cultural materials.

    Prof Roberts is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics (and former Victorian Branch Chair), a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America and immediate Past President of the Australian Optical Society.   


Member of

  • Australian Institute of Physics. Fellow 2011 -
  • Optical Society of America. Senior Member 2011 -
  • Australian Optical Society. Vice-President 2010 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 1989
  • BSc(Hons), University of Sydney 1985

Awards and honors

  • Visit to Imperial College October 2007 - Airfare - $2,500 + Living expenses $6,100, Australian Academy of Science - Scientific Visit to Europe, 2007
  • Visit to National University of Singapore August 2007 - $5,000, Edward Clarence Dyason Universitas 21 Fellowship, 2006
  • Telecom Short Term Research Fellowship, Telecom, 1991
  • Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award, Australian Research Council, 1985
  • Visiting Fellowship to Japan, Mitsui Educational Foundation, 1985
  • University Medal in Physics, University of Sydney, 1985



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