Ann Roberts

Research Interests

  • Meta-optics
  • Imaging
  • Photodetectors
  • Structural colour


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons I), University of Sydney
  • PhD, University of Sydney

Achievements & Awards

  • University Medal in Physics 1988, University of Sydney
  • Walsh Medal 2020, Australian Institute of Physics
  • Fellow, Optica
  • Fellow, SPIE


  • Manipulate, Detect
Ann Roberts is a Professor in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems. Professor Roberts has diverse research interests in physical optics and has made significant advances in the theoretical, computational and experimental study of plasmonic devices, metamaterials and nanoscale antennas. Applications of her research include the development of new approaches to imaging and microscopy. Professor Roberts is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, SPIE and Optica and a Member (and former President) of the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society. She was awarded the 2020 Alan Walsh Medal for Service to Industry by the Australian Institute of Physics.

Current Projects

  • Non-local meta-optics for phase visualisation
  • Tunable imaging modalities
  • Tunable meta-optics with phase change materials
  • Nanoparticle-enhanced photodetection
  • Structural colour and beetles
  • Mie voids in high refractive index materials

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